Weekly Update from Pastor Phil


This time of year is always filled with many wonderful opportunities for gathering with the body of Christ, serving others, and receiving the warm love from family. I’m thankful for our church family that offers such great encouragement to one another as we journey together in Christ.

We look forward tomorrow evening at 6:30–7:30 to sing Christmas Carols together at the Saddle Creek Shopping Center in Germantown. We did this last year and had a joyous time (and somewhat chilly time, too) singing in that public setting. Our place of gathering is on the north side of Poplar at Saddle Creek. Come dressed for the occasion!

Our Sunday schedule will be a bit different during the Christmas and New Year’s time. This Sunday we do not have Sunday School but will gather for our corporate worship at our normal 10:15 a.m. and then in the evening at 5:00 p.m. rather than our normal 6:00. This is our traditional Christmas Eve Communion Service and should last about 45 minutes if previous year’s prove the pattern. That’s always a special gathering with many family members from our church family joining us for this worship service. On December 31st, we also will not be having Sunday School that day but only the morning worship at 10:15 a.m. There will be no Wednesday night gatherings on Dec 27th or January 3rd but we’ll resume with our STINT class on January 10th, as we take time to work through a wonderful Puritan paperback, The Mystery of Providence by John Flavel. Our family meals return that night too!

Chris Wilbanks preached an incredibly helpful sermon on Sunday night to close out John 14 in the current evening study on the Upper Room Discourse (John 13–16). I was so encouraged in Christ by his thoughtful message. The Sunday night study of this portion of God’s Word continues on January 10th at 6:00 p.m.

This Sunday we looked at the simplicity of how Luke tells the birth of Christ. It will be contrasted with the next study in Luke 2:8–20 as the shepherds hear the birth announcement from the angel. But meanwhile, in an understated way, Luke announces that Christ has come. That’s what we consider in this week’s study in Luke’s Gospel. May the Lord encourage you through it.

Phil N.