Dreams are a part of the miraculous work of God. So. Dream. And. Dream BIG.
Christmas Eve. A miracle happened. It’s been a BIG dream for a life time. THE RED DOOR COMMUNITY CHURCH held it’s first Christmas Eve service. It was church at it’s best. Life. Love. Laughter. A little chaos. Some bumpy transitions. Real.
The backdrop of red doors, our life and grace wooden cross, wooden white Christmas trees, lights, coffee and hot chocolate bars on red doors, and an advent wooden candle stand made our space in the school unique and extra special. The creativity of it all was made possible by a team that never stops working and coming up with new ideas for our three-month-old church.
But. It was our 83 people that came and made the evening amazing. A small number in comparison to the attendance I’m used to in the two large churches that I served in the past. Yet. Each person made the evening extraordinary, a part of the miracle. 83 is the new perfect number.
- Jim Togstad and his worship team gave a new meaning to Christmas songs. They rocked it, bringing energy and life into our evening.
- Three families dedicated their children, two babies and a toddler. We thought it would be cool to dedicate kids on Christmas Eve since Dr. Luke wrote about Mary and Joseph dedicating Jesus in the temple in Luke 2, the passage of the Bible most read on Christmas Eve and Day. Those three little ones made Red Door history, a part of our miracle.
- Our children’s director, Mindy Rodin, gave the cue for the kids to ring their bells and then told a story about the message of the candy cane. The wiggly kids were a gift to our evening, a part of our miracle.
- Kelsey Rodin on her mandolin and Haley Rodin on her guitar sang a duet that was pure and perfect, a part of our miracle.
- And. Then some of our key leaders read Luke 2. They sat on the platform and told the story of Immanuel–God with us– wrapping up our miracle in words of life, grace, and joy!.
As we ended, I gave a short message. It had been on my mind for years. I’ve never liked the word, “ordinary.” It seems to me that the people in Luke 2 were seen as ordinary–but they were anything but ordinary. There was . . .
–The poor, young couple, Mary and Joseph, making their way to be counted in the census. No one would give them space to have their baby–no one saw past the ordinary.
–The shepherds in the field–doing an ordinary job–at least one of them had to have been tired of the day in and day out job of taking care of sheep.
–Simeon and Anna–two people in the last years of life–spending their time at the temple. They had no title–most likely seen as ordinary.
–And, the evening itself–that first Christmas–most likely was seen as ordinary.
Until. Jesus came. God broke through the ordinary of the world. The Light of the world changed everything. Nothing could possibly be thought of as ordinary. Immanuel–God with us–breaks through our life and transforms the ordinary to miraculous.
Christmas changed everything. Dreams do come alive. Miracles do happen.
Merry Christmas friends!
Thank you for your support, love, encouragement, and belief that the dream would come true. You are extraordinary, a part of the miracle of the story of God.
Christmas at THE RED DOOR COMMUNITY CHURCH–A Miracle!
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2015 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)