I love looking at Christmas decorations. We broke one of our family’s unwritten rules last night: we drove through Candy Cane Lane without snow on the ground. The decorated neighborhood is beautiful. There were thousands of lights, along with snowmen, reindeer, Olaf, and many manger scenes.
Seeing that manger scene reminded me that we need Jesus and the manger more than we realize. We have sinned by breaking God’s law so many times. But because the Christ-child is our Savior, our sin is gone. And now the Holy Spirit decorates our lives with his gifts of peace, love, and joy.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11). May the peace, love, and joy of Christmas ring true in your heart.
I hope to see you, your family, and your friends that you are able to invite this Sunday, 9:00am and 10:30am; Christmas Eve 2:00pm and 4:00pm; and Christmas Day at 9:00am.
CURRENT SERIES – What If…
ICYMI – Last weekend, Pastor Bill continued our sermon series “What If…” with a message about hope. Jesus brings comfort to the world, paying for all sins and bringing the good news of salvation to all people. Click here to view this message.
Coming Up This Sunday – Pastor Bill will share a message explaining why there’s more to Christmas. Isaiah foretold Jesus’ birth, and you can rest assured that Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection means that your victory starts now. Join us on Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am at church or online.
Christmas at Victory – There is more to Christmas than presents, stockings, trees, and stress. Christmas is the celebration of Emmanuel: God with Us. Invite your friends and family to join you at Victory of the Lamb for a celebration of Jesus’ birth. Services are at 2:00 or 4:00pm on Christmas Eve and 9:00am on Christmas Day. (Note: Services on Christmas Eve will be different than the service on Christmas Day, so join us for both!) Help spread the word! Give out invite cards, use the Christmas at Victory Facebook frame, share our event on Facebook, or simply tell your friends and family they’re invited. Click here for more information.
LINKED Campaign – Thank you to all of you who submitted your commitment cards online or in person last week on Commitment Sunday. If you haven’t submitted your card yet, there’s still time! You can put it in the offering basket at church at any of our upcoming services, drop it in the mail, or submit an online commitment card at votl.life/linked. We’re super excited to see what God has in store for Victory of the Lamb.
Operation Jesus Cares – Thank you to our volunteers and supporters for Operation Jesus Cares. Last Wednesday, children at Christ-St. Peter School delivered dozens of packages to their neighbors. Here’s a Victory story shared by Ryan Solie, coordinator for Operation Jesus Cares:
“While we were sitting in the lunch room after delivering the care packages, the school receptionist came in. The receptionist said she received a call from a younger lady who was renting a room at a residence in the area. The lady had just gotten out of a bad situation, had no food, and did not know what she was going to eat for the week. As you may guess what comes next…one of our kids knocked on her door and gave her a care package! The lady wanted to call and thank the school for what they did for her today. It’s cool to see God’s hand reach down and turn our good intentions into significant blessings for those who are in need!” Thank you for making a difference in the lives of people in our community.