Barbra Streisand is reported as saying, “I do believe the world is coming to an end. I just feel that science, technology, and the mind have surpassed the soul — the heart. There is no balance in terms of feeling and love for fellow man.” Ms. Streisand is not necessarily a prophet, but she is perceptive enough to discern that all is not well on this troubled planet. When we look around and see the unraveling of Europe, the growing tensions in the Middle East, the downward spiral of the family and the American culture, it is enough to ask what the great British statesman, Winston Churchill, asked Billy Graham some 50 years ago, “Young man, can you give me any hope?” I think if it were not for the coming of Jesus Christ, the fulfilment of His purpose to die on a Roman cross for the sins of a fallen human race, and to be raised the third day, and the assurance He will return and turn the world upside right — we would all feel like both Streisand and Churchill.
But I do not feel like them. This Christmas we celebrate the birth of eternal hope — in Jesus Christ! We are engaging every part of our worship experiences to remind ourselves and our friends — there is hope!
The mountains will be alive with the sounds of Christmas music. The preaching will explore the impact of Jesus coming to planet earth. The worship will focus on the message of hope. This Christmas season will guide us in joining the world of believers to wish everyone a Merry Christmas!