Too often a shepherd will look out upon his flock and see the herd is thinning. Sunday morning worships of the modern day have become pitted in competition with football games on TV, brunch dates at new cafes, shopping center big sales and the oh-so alluring temptation to just sleep in. Those missing from the pews have not lost the faith necessarily, but have perhaps become discouraged and distracted by the deadlines, pressures and stresses of everyday life.
But somehow Christmastime draws them all back into the arms of the Lord beneath the steeple of the neighborhood sanctuary. And the shepherd may smile as they praise the Lord with him, and he knows it is not magic that has brought the spirit back to their hearts — as magical as this time of year can seem — but it’s the faith and the love that fuels their core, so they may continue through life’s trials unfettered.
Take a moment to consider one of the following:
First Congregational United Church of Christ, 1000 Willson Ave., welcomes all to its Christmas Eve candlelight service from 5 – 6 p.m. Communion will follow. For more information, contact First Congregational United Church of Christ at 832-2232, or email the office at email@example.com.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1229 Kathy Lane, will close its offices at noon on Christmas Eve and re-open for a 4 p.m. family Christmas worship. A candlelight service will commence at 11 p.m. that evening for all who care to attend. Call 832-2220, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
First Baptist Church, 543 Division St., invites the public to enjoy a display of the congregation’s youngest members performing a special Christmas music program on Christmas Eve at 6 p.m. Then, come back for a New Year’s Eve party for games, videos, food and more at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31.
St. Paul’s Lutheran Church will also have a Christmas Eve candlelight worship scheduled for 6:30 p.m. and another on New Year’s Eve at 7 p.m. For more information, email email@example.com, or call 832-3043 or 297-1327.
Of course, Webster City is home to many wonderful churches, each congregation celebrating in its own way. Find the one that’s fit for you.
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