Joy to the World. We’ll hear this phrase countless times this month – in stores, on the radio, and likely from our very own lips. We’ll see it on ornaments, cards, and maybe even on advertisements. As a church family, we want to pause as we approach Christmas and consider what is being communicated in those simple lyrics. The birth of Jesus, His taking on of human flesh, took place in order for God to reconcile sinners to Himself and to bring eternal joy to those who had previously been under His judgment. The scale of this joy, the magnitude of this gift, was not intended to be small; it was to be lavish and widespread! Join us as we kick off the Advent season and revel in the gift of JOY that we have received. We’ll remember together what a wonderful responsibility we’ve been given to be heralds of that message to the world.