“Joseph also went up from Galilee…to the city of David which is called Bethlehem…”Luke 2:4
Sunday evening, our Children’s Choirs launched our Journey to Bethlehem. Excitement is building as we celebrate this most blessed time of the year. This weekend we’ll be thrilled by our Dinner Theater; then we’ll welcome the Christmas Visitor; followed by our Family Candlelight service and end the Season with a Casual Christmas at Canaan on the 25th.
Sunday was another exciting day at Canaan! Both services were full, the worship was wonderful and I sensed Christ’s Glory fall upon our celebration. I was moved to see most of our Church rise in commitment to be Great Commission Christians. I believe as we apply the message from Isaiah 49 we’ll see attendance in our Journey Groups grow; participation in our ministry and mission enterprises expand. Time is too short, the darkness too real and the Gospel too rich for us to sit idly on the sidelines.
Our Lottie Moon Week of Prayer for International Missions got off to a great start. I believe the message from Isaiah, God’s Desire for the Nations, stirred us. David Platt’s video challenged us and our IMB Missionaries, Jim and Brenda Brock inspired us Sunday evening. We got a great start as well on our Goal of $22,000.
We had an amazing Journey Launch Class this past Sunday. You’ll see below that 16 attended and many decisions were made for God’s Glory. I want to thank each participant for attending, I was blessed and feel sure that they were. We know that those who attend are more readily assimilated on the Journey and into the life of the Church. It’s exciting to report that six (6) people united with our Church through the class. They will soon be presented. Let me express my appreciation to Debbie Quinn for diligently calling our Candidate Members and many Opportunities as well as Gena and David Hudson for preparing a wonderful meal.
I can’t wait to see what God will do Sunday! Contact your class members and opportunities and invite them to join us! Your partner on the Journey,
“Thanks be unto God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
The Apostle Paul reminds us that living with an attitude of gratitude makes our life richer and our outlook brighter. Paul’s focus in this passage was, of course, the Gospel. In reality, every blessing begins at the Cross, for the Child of God. Having plumbed the depths of Isaiah’s portrait of the Suffering Servant in Chapter 53, we are keenly aware of the magnitude of the Father’s love for us! This Thanksgiving, may we be mindful and grateful of every good gift that the Father bestows on us daily. They all flow from His indescribable gift!
This past Sunday was another amazing day for the Family of Families. It began Sunday morning with an intimate time as we gathered around the Table to celebrate the Lord’s Supper. Then, Sunday night, Heaven came down and glory filled our souls at our Community Thanksgiving Service! God’s House was full, the combined Canaan choirs brought the house down, and Bro Caddell stirred our hearts with his message about God’s indescribable gift. What a joy it was to gather in our renovated FLC to fellowship with God’s Family. I am certain that the Father smiled from Heaven as the brethren gathered to dwell in unity (Psalm 133:1). What a joy for us to again answer the prayer of Jesus in John 17 and show the world that we (the Church) are one! Our divided nation so desperately needs to see this picture of unity in Christ. Let me use this opportunity to thank everyone who worked so hard to make our Community Service such a stunning success.
Our proposed 2017 Budget of $931,034.70 was adopted Sunday morning in both services. It reflects a modest reduction of .37% from this year’s budget. We are grateful for the work of our Stewardship Committee. We should be reminded that the budget is simply a guide for the New Year. The budget is met weekly through the faithful tithes and offerings of God’s people. Thank you for your faithfulness.
I pray that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I’m looking forward to our Sunday services as we gather again in God’s House. Don’t forget our weekly prayer initiative for Spiritual Awakening, we’ll gather in the Church office at 8:15 till 8:30.
Your grateful partner in the Journey,