Hi everyone, I hope you’re having a wonderful Friday! In the Gathering this Sunday we will be in the fourth week of Advent, a week that always revolves around the theme of love. This week I want to focus on how love is so much more than just feelings. Love is also something that we put into action, that we make real by how we live our lives and how we treat other people. One of the most powerful ways we show our love is through the simple act of showing up. Sometimes that means being there for people in moments of crisis, other times it means just sharing the everyday moments of our ordinary lives.
One of the most powerful ways that Christians show up for people is through prayer. When we pray for and with people, we’re standing alongside them in some of the fiercest battles that they will ever face. Praying for people shares the load, allowing us to bear some of their burden and experience what they experience, all so that we might be a part of their healing and restoration.
If you have ever been to the Gathering you know we have a regular practice called “Prayers of the People” where we do exactly that. During this season of online-only worship, your best way to participate is to email me back the names of the people that you would have us lift up in prayer during that segment. We’ll lift up those names as we all pray for them together.
Praying for and with each other is one of the great honors of my life and one of the best aspects of the Gathering worship community. I can’t wait to be with you for the Gathering worship service this Sunday, 9:30 am, at fumcfw.org\live.
Also, don’t forget the powerful ways that will be together for worship on Christmas Eve. On the afternoon of the 24th we will have a special pre-recorded Christmas Eve service from the sanctuary available on-demand. If you haven’t already, please use this link to submit a video of you and your family members holding a lit candle that we can use for our candlelight Silent Night video montage.
We will also have live, in-person worship at 7:00 and 9:00 PM on Christmas Eve. To maximize everybody’s safety, this will be the first (and hopefully last) drive-in Christmas Eve service in our church’s history. Will have singers and musicians to lead us in carols, Tim and I will preach from a decorated scissor lift so everyone can see, and Mr. Mark will use light and shadows cast upon the facade of church buildings to tell the story of Christmas in the most powerful way possible. It is a service that you and your family will remember forever, and I hope to see you there.
God bless y’all, and may the spirit of Christ comfort you this Christmas!
Rev. Lance Marshall