Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)
The angels always seemed to have a special enthusiasm for the birth of the Savior. What did they know, that mankind would soon hear? They called it good news. It was a great joy. It was for all the people. And was all about a Savior, Christ the Lord.
There's a cathedral in Barcelona called the Segrada Familia (Holy Family). It's been under construction for over 100 years, having been designed by the late Gaudi. Each side of the building features part of the story of Jesus. There's a whole wing devoted to the Nativity, and it stands today as a symbol of this story that has changed history.
Our fall season will culminate in Advent, a time when we will join with the angels to announce the birth of the Savior. Today, let's pray for the Advent season.
- 80% of Orlando is unchurched. Pray that God will use the Advent season, and the churches of Orlando, to announce the beauty of the Savior.
- Pray for our church preparations for this season. Pray for message preparation, for musical preparation, for our SPLASH kids, and for all who will participate.
- Pray for our Christmas Eve service, and other Advent services. These times have been wonderful for inviting people who rarely attend church. Pray for our whole congregation, and for our outreach in the community.
- Most of all, pray that our worship and celebration would reflect the jubilation of the angels and shepherds who were there for the birth of the Savior.