Newsletter December 13, 2017

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Sunday we follow the star along with the Magi to find Jesus. God goes to great lengths to bring news of this king to all people and the little lords of our lives don't like it. Let's tune in together and see what Jesus might do in and through us this Advent season. 10 am Del Norte High School's Performing Arts Center.

Youth Retreat - The deadline for registration for the youth retreat is coming soon (January 5). Payment must be made by then to participate in the January 19 & 20 retreat at Pine Valley. For more info jonathan@reservoirchurchsd.org. 

Party Time - 40 is the new 30 and Jonathan is looking as young as ever. Okay, not really. But we are celebrating his birthday with a party this Sunday. Everyone is invited to the shindig in Poway from 4 pm - 8 pm. For more info sshradar@gmail.com. 

Volunteers - Save the date! Saturday, January 6 we will have a brunch (9 - 11 am) to honor everyone who has served at Reservoir Church. We are all in this together and its time to celebrate! More info and formal invites soon. 

Hang with the Peeps - Don't delay, sign up today! Disciple our youth, have a good time and talk about Jesus. We are looking for you to step up. Reach out to jonathan@reservoirchurchsd.org to get rolling. 

Christmas at Reservoir - Next weekend we will have one service, 10 am, Sunday, December 24. We will sing, hear the word and fellowship with favorite Christmas treats. This is a family service and we can't wait to be together. No other service during the Christmas weekend. 

Marveling in Christmas

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"And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them." Luke 2:18 (ESV)

The angel came to the shepherds in the field, as they were minding their flocks, and the message of good news of great joy comes. Immediately the shepherds seek out this Savior and when they find him in the manger in Bethlehem, they proclaim the news they heard. 

It was news that makes you marvel. 

All who heard it wondered... This is the draw of the gospel that the grace of Christ, even the arrival of the King, makes us marvel that God would invade the mess of humanity to bring renewal, to bring redemption. 

As the commotion of life pushes in it is increasingly hard to find the sense of marvel again. We end up marvel at lesser things as if they can bring the peace of God as if they will meet the yearning of our souls. 

This is why Christmas is celebrated. It is meant to be a consistent reminder and invitation back to wonder. The wonder of the real Jesus. So we come, we read the story, we hear the message and we ask the Spirit to stir our souls to marvel again. To marvel so that we might share the Christmas cheer that is the gospel. 

Let's lean in together. Let's sing the songs and remind each other of the glory of God in Christ. Let's marvel at this good news for all people together. Merry Christmas!