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By Pastor Jon Duncan
Special to The PREVIEW
Centerpoint Church has several upcoming events that we would like to invite you to.
• Danni Oertli Christmas Concert Saturday, Nov. 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
Danny Oertli is returning to Pagosa Springs for a free concert at Centerpoint Church. Danny is a Christian singer, song writer and author.
If you were to know one thing about Danny, it’s that he loves the journey. That’s a good thing, because for two decades Danny has played at more than 1,000 different venues around the world– stadiums, arenas, churches, and even a few barns. Mixing his unique storytelling ability with song and guitar, Danny engages audiences of all ages. He has also made many CDs, recorded a live DVD and authored a book.
With his newest recording, of a Christmas album set to be released the end of November. Danny celebrates yet another leg in his long and remarkable journey. If you listen closely, you’ll hear a recurring theme: the journey is long and hard, but magical and worth every step.
• Women of Faith Christmas Simulcast. Ladies, please join us on Friday, Dec. 6, at 5:30 p.m. for an evening of hope and joy, featuring Max Lucado, Sheila Walsh, Lisa Harper and musical guest Frances Battistelli. This will be a wonderful night of Christmas spirit. Doors will open at 5:30 for snacks and fellowship, the simulcast begins at 6 and will conclude at 8:30. This simulcast is for women of all ages. Bring your mother, daughter, friend or neighbor. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Tickets are available at the Centerpoint Church Office, Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. or contact Susan McAdams, 903-2472, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Christmas Eve Candlelight Service.
Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. We are soon to enter the favorite season of the year. Vendors are looking to make up for less-than-perfect sales since the beginning of the year; parents are longing for the chance to have their children all together again to make more memories with old members and new; employees are looking forward to time off from work and free time to enjoy the snow and beautiful surroundings; and employers are thankful that they have made it through another year, with the prospect that next year will be better.
The words “magical” and “mystical” are often used when speaking of Christmas, but much less often do you hear the word “miraculous” when speaking of our late December holiday. Miraculous. A miracle. How could the birth of our Savior be considered anything less? Webster (1828 edition) defines a miracle as: “a wonder or wonderful thing … or a deviation from the known laws of nature; a supernatural event.” A supernatural event. The Almighty stepping into His created world in order to reveal Himself to a race that could never possibly know Him otherwise. An infinite God who revealed Himself to Abraham in the Shekinah glory cloud of the covenant ceremony, to Moses in the burning bush, to the Israelites in the pillar of fire in the wilderness, to the nation of Israel in the Tabernacle and again in the Temple. An infinitely holy God who was willing to meet sinful man on a level never imagined, not just between the cherubim — above the mercy seat behind the thick veil in the holy of holies of both the Tabernacle and again in the Temple — but now in the Person of the God-Man, Jesus Christ, Messiah, Savior of the world. An event that goes against the laws of nature, against all that we as humans could even imagine: God becoming Man? To reveal Himself to us that we might come to know Him intimately and personally? To enable us to begin to understand His desire for us to become members of His family and move to heaven when we leave this earth? To make it possible for us to approach the Creator of the universe without fear of rejection and destruction? To offer to us here and now the promise of the very Spirit of God to live in us, guiding us to the peace, joy and contentment that we all spend our life looking for?
Magical and mystical do not even begin to describe this event filled with wonder; it can only be described as miraculous. It was — and continues to be — the single greatest event in the history of mankind: that God Himself was willing to come to earth, be born of a virgin, live a sinless life, and die a criminal’s death — all for us. A miracle. Our prayer is that this miracle is more to you than just the story told at Christmas; may it be the miracle that has given you new life through faith in the risen Savior who was the babe in the manger just years before.
We invite you to join us at Centerpoint Church as we celebrate the miraculous event of the Incarnation this Christmas season as revealed in the Word of God, culminating in our Candlelight Service on Christmas Eve.
Services begin at 10:15 a.m. throughout December, will be filled with the songs and readings of the season, and offered with all the warmth and wonder that you remember from your childhood. We would love to welcome you into our family, sing Christmas songs and study the Christmas story with you, and wonder together at the greatest miracle our world will ever know.
Please join us this Christmas Eve as we celebrate Christ’s birth with a candlelight service, beginning at 6 p.m. at Centerpoint Church.
Centerpoint Church is located at 2750 Cornerstone Drive. Call 731-2205 for additional information.