12/15/2015 1:44:57 PM
"Christmas is-a-coming, Christmas is-a-coming!" do you remember that old song? I used to sing that over and over when I was a kid. That was the only line I knew, so my Mother quickly tired of hearing that. But it is true. Christmas is coming; quickly. I was just talking to the Pastor Sunday about how it seems there is never enough time after the choir's July break to get everything ready. Not only is this true with the church, it's almost everything we do this time of year. Everything is so hectic, we never seem to have enough time to be ready. But our Gospel for the First Sunday of Advent tells us we better be ready. During Advent we get ready for the coming of the Christ child, again. But this Gospel is not referring to that coming. The first coming has already taken place. We must ready for the second coming. This is what Matthew is telling us in this Gospel. Christ will come like a thief in the night. Of course this doesn't mean He is going to come in steal something, it means you don't know when He will come. It will be a surprise; a big one. And He will probably come when you least expect it. Much like a thief in the night would come. The main point is being ready. Not getting ready. We can get ready for everything else. I can get the choir ready for Christmas. We can all get ready for Christmas. We can get ready to go here and there, we can get ready to eat a meal. But, if we plan on getting ready for Christ' coming, then we are too late. We can't GET ready for that. We must BE ready. I had an old band director who would say, "If you are just on time for practice, then you are already late." His philosophy was to BEGIN practice at a certain time. Not be there getting ready at that time. The same with Christ' coming. If you are GETTING ready when He comes, I am afraid you will already be late.
Be ready to give this Christmas also. There are so many opportunities for giving and helping. Last week on the news, I saw a man who came to this country 40 some years ago as an immigrant. He came with nothing. Today he has a very prosperous restaurant in the Charlotte area. He was on the news because he had prepared and given away over 4000 meals this year alone, not to mention how many he had given away over the years. When asked why he did it, he said, "God gave me two good hands, one to receive and the other to give." That really struck me. This man started with nothing. But he had received much. And so he was compelled to give much. Which of your hands is the busiest?
Please join us for all the holiday events happening at church this year. Especially the Choir Cantata on Dec. 19 at the 10:30 service. All the choirs will be performing. We have tentatively planned an encore performance of the Choir Concert with excerpts from the Christmas Eve play on January 2nd at 5 o'clock in the evening followed by a reception. More info on this to come. Oh, and one more thing. Every time someone says "Happy Holidays" to you, respond by saying "Merry Christmas". It is our duty as Christians to keep CHRIST in Christmas.
SOLEO DEO GLORIA
TO GOD ALONE THE GLORY
MICHAEL J. KOTISH