Life At The Bridge 12-12-19

This Sunday we will kick off our Christmas series: Medleys of Christmas. Christmas songs and carols have always been a beautiful and powerful part of our cultural Christmas tradition. Producers choose them for movie and TV show soundtracks. They can be heard playing in stores and malls. Even people who have rejected Jesus or fail to celebrate Him at Christmas still embrace the carols and experience the joy they bring.

Is it the words? Is it the cheerful tunes? Who knows. The truth is they still have an important place at Christmas. These songs inspired by people who do celebrate a real Christian faith, contain some powerful words and ideas...Ideas that our world desperately craves; whether they realize it or not. This Christmas, we will look at three of these carols; the truth they celebrate and the hope they inspire. December 15th we will look at “I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day”, on the 22nd, “Joy to the World” and on Christmas Eve, “O Come O Come Emmanuel”.

This last Sunday I asked each of the three services how many had invited someone to come to church with them during the week. I’m just saying, there weren’t many hands. That’s ok. Let’s make sure we do better this week. People will come to church with us, especially this time of year, if we will simply ask them. And this Sunday we will be exploring an idea even Miss America wants more of - Peace on Earth.

In preparation, you can watch Casting Crowns version of “I Heard the Bells” and read Colossians 1:19-20, Ephesians 2:14-16 and II Corinthians 5:18-19. See you Sunday!

No one should have to spend Christmas alone. On Christmas day we will celebrate the birth of Jesus by gathering and inviting people to enjoy a meal and some fellowship with us. If  you plan to get involved in this project, the time is NOW! Simply click here to sign up. For further questions, call Jenn Carver (269-275-0805) or Pat McCarthy (847-404-6209).

Eight O’ Clock Encounter: Corporate prayer has always been the key to revival. Our personal lives are revived in God’s presence. Groups of people are spiritually revived when they seek God together. Communities come to life when the people of God immerse themselves in prayer, imploring God to move in their midst. Prayer has always been a priority at LifeBridge for these very reasons. I hope you will give it a try if you have not already. Saturdays, 8am at the church.

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