Dear friends and members of St. Matt's,
With all my love, I wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope that you have had a wonderful celebration and that you are able to welcome the joy of this day, the joy of Jesus, into your heart and into your lives. I give thanks that so many of you were with us last night for worship, even though the day didn't go quite as any of us planned. And I pray that all of you who were traveling or found yourselves far away were either able to join us online or to worship somewhere else to welcome the newborn King.
I want to offer my thanks as well to the many people who made last night so beautiful. I'm so grateful to our staff, to our wonderful choir, to the lay leaders who participated in planning and celebrating, to the Altar Guild, the Ushers, to the extra musicians who joined us, and to all of you who came to worship and pray. I was especially glad that the members of our Young Adult Guild came up to light the Advent wreath and Christmas candle - what a gift to us! Thank you all for your presence, your leadership, and your love.
Wherever you are tonight, whoever you're with, however you're keeping this feast - whether it is pure joy, or bittersweet, or even if you find yourself struggling tonight - know that God is with you. And God loves you endlessly. You are never alone. And nothing is ever finished until God has had the last say, the last word. Know that for you, that word will always be love. The promise of life. Of wholeness, belonging, and abundance.
This is my prayer for you tonight. That no matter where you are on your journey, you will feel tonight the abundance of God's love for you. God bless you and keep you these twelve days of Christmas. I hope to see you for worship at 10am on New Year's Day.
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