A time to build community
November 30, 2009
by Rev. Matthew Sipe, Delano United Methodist Church

Do you want to give back, and do something special after receiving so many blessings this Thanksgiving?

Are you looking for a way to give that does not cost much and is very easy?

Do you want to pretend, if just for a moment, that Christmas is the way it used to be, without all the commercialization?

If that sounds like your cup of tea, you are in for a treat.

Come and build community with everyone at the Old-Fashioned Christmas in downtown Delano Saturday, Dec. 5. What a great way for the people of Delano, the faith communities of Delano, and the businesses of Delano to come together around the shared purpose of giving something back.

Many approach the Christmas season looking for what they can get, but it is in the spirit of giving that true joy and happiness are found.

Jesus is the most perfect gift from God, and we celebrate the birth of Jesus each Christmas season in the faith communities around Delano.

Christmas marks the moment that God came to dwell among us. God’s gift of Jesus continues to give hope and joy during this season when people come together to share in love and generosity.

The gospel writer of John says about Jesus, “in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.” (John 4:1). Candles are one of the ways that people celebrate the season of Christmas.

When you light candles during this season, it is a way to remember the light of Jesus that has come into the world. It is also a way to let our light shine for others and to carry the Good News of Jesus Christ into our homes, into our communities and around the world.

Let the light of Christ shine in you during this season. Give back and find a way to get involved helping the people, the faith communities, and the businesses in your local community.

Remember the generosity that you have received and give some of your time this Saturday to share in the warmth of fellow people seeking to share in the joy of the season.