On Saturday, November 19, I had something happen that never happened to me before. I imagine many of you have heard by now that I had an accident at our Work Day at Laurel Ridge. While working with a wood splitter, my right index finger was nearly cut off. Fortunately, there was enough of the finger connected for surgery to be done to keep the finger.
On Sunday, November 20, I had something happen that never happened to me before. I was lying in a hospital bed when I should have been in church. I was really looking forward to our Thanksgiving Sunday, and on that Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m., I started thinking about all the things I was missing at Olivet. I thought about all the people who would be there. I thought about Preacher Bill sharing the announcements which would include talking about things coming up in Advent. I thought about our Communion table which would be filled with food for our Thanksgiving Food Offering and the November Mission Project table overflowing with filled shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. I thought about some of the great Thanksgiving hymns we would sing such as “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”. I thought about the Children’s Message I had planned to do as I would ask the children what they were thankful for. I would give them an opportunity to say “Thank you” as they received a juice box they could drink for the lovefeast (I thank Bill for doing that in my place). I thought about our church family sharing one of the great traditions of our church with the lovefeast. I thought how great it would be to hear the Olivet Children’s Chorus, the Shepherd’s Chorus and the Chancel Choir sing. I thought about how much I missed directing and listening to what the Morning Star Ring- ers had prepared for the service (I thank Wanda Emery and Rachel Desmarais for directing in my place). I thought about the message I had planned to share as I was going to preach about something I’m sure many of us are thankful for which is our families. I thought about how I was going to share the section from our Moravian Covenant for Christian Living on “The Witness of the Christian Home”. I thought about how I was going to show the great connection we see in this section between God, home and church. I thought about the special way I planned to close the service as James and Laura Baker were going to bring their children, Mekayla and Rylan, before the Lord for baptism.
As you can see from this list, there are many things I missed by not being at Olivet, and I wished I was there. This month we have many special services and programs, and I plan to be there. I don’t want to miss anything else, because I believe when you miss coming to Olivet you miss a lot. I hope you feel the same. I hope you will be here. I hope you won’t have to say, “I wish I was there.”
This month we celebrate God’s greatest gift to us in the birth of His Son, Jesus. Another one of God’s great gifts is the Church and, in particular, our church. May you let both of these gifts always be a part of your life!
In Christ’s love and service, Merry Christmas!
Olivet offers a traditional Moravian style service on Sunday Morning at 11:00 AM. Using hymns and liturgies from the Moravian Book of Worship the worshiper is led to a point when the children have a special time with the pastor and then a Gospel Sermon is preached by the Pastor or the Pastoral Assistant.
Communion is offered some eight times during the year, and all professing Christians are welcome to participate.
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