God with Us

“Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens… 
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens…
Brown paper packages tied up with strings… 
These are a few of my favorite things.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t care for raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens. I’m not a big fan of copper kettles and I don’t own any woolen mittens. But I DO like brown paper packages tied up with strings. Presents are one of my favorite things!
More than two-thousand years ago, we received the ultimate Christmas present. It wasn’t packaged in brown paper or tied up with strings. In fact, it came in the form of a PERSON. And it’s His coming that we celebrate at Christmas.
At the end of his life, well known evangelist and hymn-writer John Wesley said this, “Best of all, God is with us.” When I read that for the first time, I felt skeptical (and maybe you do, too). “Really, best of ALL, Wesley? In Christ we’ve been forgiven, we’ve been given a new identity, we’ve received eternal life… ‘God with us’ is good, but ‘best of all’?” But what if he’s actually right?
Join us on Sunday, December 23 as we explore the amazing reality of the arrival of the with-us God. And how, because God came and is now with us, everything is different!
Matt Murphy
Lead Pastor