Dear Members and Friends of First Reformed Church of Saddle Brook:
“But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.” Luke 2:19
For as long as I can remember, there is a single moment I long and wait for every Christmas Eve…
It’s after the service, after gatherings we might attend, it’s after everyone else has gone to bed…
In the sacred quiet of this miraculous night, I sit and try to treasure up “all these things and ponder them in my heart” – the wonder of God coming near – Emmanuel.
As this season continues and we approach this night of wonder, I invite you to please join us for the following:
Sunday, December 11 – 10:30 am Worship on the Third Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 11 – 4 pm Annual Vespers Program with Dinner
Sunday, December 18 – 10:30 am Worship on the Fourth Sunday of Advent
Saturday, December 24 – 5:30 pm Christmas Eve Service
Sunday, December 25 – 10:30 am Christmas Morning Worship
I know, I know, we live in a cynical, non-stop time; and to say that I am still amazed and in awe may be surprising. But if you think about it, no matter how many Christmases that we share and experience, the story, the event, the miracle is still as awesome as it was at the first one. God chose to come to us and to save us. It takes my breath away when I go there and sit with Him in the quiet of that night.
As the heavenly messenger proclaimed with a light that conquered the darkness that night, “Do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord (Luke 2:11).” If there was ever news too good to be true…and yet it was and is true. The hopeless, hapless shepherds lives are turned upside down as they are told to go see the proof – a baby wrapped in cloths lying in a manger (Luke 2:12). He came to us. In just one night as the Son of Heaven bent down to dwell on earth – the separation from God was being bridged, being poor was never the same, being hopeless and grieving were never the same, being on the outside was never the same, sin and death would never be the same either.
And He still comes to us, while we are still sinners, while we forget about Him, while we are distracted, while we despair, while we think this is “just another Christmas.” I invite you this year more than ever before, to take all these things – His arrival, His promised return, His sacrificial and transforming love, His death and resurrection and His Kingdom and reign – and “treasure up all these things and ponder them in your hearts.”
After the trees, lights, gifts, carols, cookies and food; in the quiet of Christmas Eve and in the quiet of our hearts and souls – the hope, the peace, the joy, the love – the wondrous, once and yet eternal gift of God in Christ can come alive again.
In Christ’s Love,
Pastor Christopher B. Wolf