Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
Annandale United Methodist
Monday, December 10, 2018
To generously share God's love with everyone we meet

Baker's Yeast

Christmas is about the Journey as much as it is about the event itself. What I mean by that is simple. It is more than just the journey that Mary and Joseph made. It is the journey you are making, today and every day of your life. Are you growing in your faith, through God’s grace? 
This December we will seek to understand a little more deeply, what Mary and Joseph’s journey of faith was all about. The themes include being willing to follow Christ, Mercy, Encouragement, Perseverance, Presence, and concludes with the song, O Come Let Us Adore Him!
Recently I was at an event, and as people were gathering, I noticed one lady sitting by herself, off to the side of the main crowd. When I had a chance, I stepped over to her and introduced myself. Her response surprised me. She said, “thank you for coming over to say hello. I was just praying that someone would talk to me.” She continued on, telling me of how she had been at this event for at least 15 minutes, and no one had done so much as even say hello to her. I felt bad for her.
December is the time of year when churches receive a lot of visitors. Please pay attention to those who may visit worship in this Advent and Christmas season. Pay attention to the people around you. Notice if someone seems to be sitting alone, or maybe is unfamiliar with our worship. You might even want to move from your usual pew, and go and sit with them. If you do, it might make a world of difference to that person. And, isn’t that what we as Christians are called to do, to make a difference, to make the world a better place, and to help Christ bring the Kingdom on earth, as it is in Heaven?
Maybe someone you know wants to attend a Christmas worship service, and is just waiting for an invitation. Wouldn’t that be a great way to show you care? Just walk across the room, and smile at someone. That is always the first step to sharing our faith. 
Let’s light up the world this Christmas, with the light of Christ. Share the love in three simple steps:
       1, Make a friend.
       2. Be a friend.
       3. Be Christ to a friend.
I’ll see you in worship, if not before. May God’s Kingdom come, on earth as it is in heaven, and have a blessed day!
Pastor Paul D. Baker