Merry Christmas!

There is an “older” worship tune that has been running through my head these past few days. It’s called “Here I am to worship”. I am sure you have heard it and sang it many times. Tim Hughes wrote this song in 1999 as a response to how he felt after reading Philippians 2. This passage speaks about Christ’s humility and how He willingly left His throne in heaven, came to earth as a man, and sacrificed Himself on the cross all because of His love for us. With this passage in mind, Tim picked up his guitar and wrote the song.

I remember singing this song in college and the impact that it had on me. I can also remember when it started to get “old” to me and I began to lose touch with it over the years. This week it’s been playing in my head over and over for some reason. It’s always humbling and amazing when God brings things back around at just the right time. The real truth is that songs like this one should never get old to me. The song, and more importantly the truth found within it, hasn’t changed over the years.

Here I am to worship is a great reminder for us of what this season truly means. I thought I would include the lyrics here. I encourage you to read Philippians 2 and take a fresh listen to this song in preparation for Christmas.

Light of the World
You stepped down into darkness
Open my eyes
Let me see
Beauty that made
This heart adore You
Hope of a life
Spent with You

Chorus:
Here I am to worship
Here I am to bow down
Here I am to say that You’re my God
You’re altogether lovely
Altogether worthy
Altogether wonderful to me

King of all days
Oh, so highly exalted
Glorious in Heaven above
Humbly You came
To the earth You created
All for love’s sake became poor

Bridge:
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross
I’ll never know how much it cost
To see my sin upon that cross

 

Christmas Eve Service: This year we are excited to be having a Christmas Eve service! We will be having it at 5pm at Blueprint Ministries facility located at 2926 South Presa Street, 78210. We hope you can join us as we celebrate the birth of the Savior!

No Sunday services on December 23rd and 30th: The school will be shut down for the Christmas break. We hope you can join us on December 24th at Blueprint for the Christmas Eve service mentioned above. If not, we will see you back at Huebner Elementary on January 6th, 2013.

Prodigal Son Teaching Series: For the first couple of Sundays in January we will be looking at the story of the prodigal son. It is an amazing story of rebellion, redemption and grace. You may be surprised by what you find as you study it. Read through this story found in Luke 15:11-32 for the sermon on January 6, 2013.
End of Year Giving: There are several ways you can give your financial gifts during the Christmas season:
  • You can drop donations in the offering box at our Christmas Eve service at Blueprint.
  • We have online giving available at www.theparksa.org. Click on “Give” in the upper right hand corner and you will be   walked through the steps.
  • You can mail a check to: The Park, PO Box 781669, SA TX 78278. As long as the check is mailed and dated on or before 12/31/12 it will be designated as a 2012 gift. (The Park is a 501 c3 registered non-profit)

Thank you for giving financially! If you have questions email Chris at chris@theparksa.org.

Volunteering on Sundays: As our community continues to grow, there are always needs with regard to volunteering on Sundays. We ask people for a once-a-month commitment to reinforce the fact that your primary ministry exists outside of Sunday mornings. If we all take one Sunday per month, we can keep that focus alive. Interested to jump in on Sundays in Family Ministries or Set-Up/Take-down? Email Scott at scott@theparksa.org.

Staff & Volunteer Highlight:

The Park is a new, and relatively small church, but our logo has has received a lot of recognition, thanks to Bobby & Kim Arispe donating their gifts and time to creating The Park’s logo, branding and marketing.  You can see us @ http://churchrelevance.com/resources/top-church-logos/ scroll down, we are on there. We go way back with the Arispe’s.  They were all in from the first mention of planting a church.  They have been a consistent resource throughout the past 3 years and continue to give of their time and gifts.  In addition to being generous they also happen to be very good at what they do.
Whether you are launching a new brand, hosting an event, or celebrating a special moment, the  goal at Arispe Creative is to intellectually and emotionally inspire your audience. We specialize in photography,  branding, marketing materials, invitations and more. See our latest work at ihttp://www.facebook.com/arispecreative) or visit http://arispecreative.com

 

Have a great weekend! Merry Christmas!!

Chris

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