For the past few months, we have been planning to hold our Christmas Eve service outdoors, hoping it would be as joyous an experience as our outdoor worship services this spring, summer, and fall and the beautiful “Avenue Christmas” a few days ago. In God’s providential control of the weather, it does not appear we will be able to do so. According to almost every app and website I use, the temperatures will not be a problem (until Christmas Day!!) but it will begin raining heavily around noon on Thursday and not stop until midnight (with the chance of rain between 75%-90%). Therefore, we will not be able to meet in person outside for the Christmas Eve service.
The Christmas Eve service will be recorded live and available in the early afternoon on Christmas Eve to watch whenever your family desires. You will be able to watch the service on our Facebook page (which is a public page, meaning you do not need a Facebook account to watch at www.facebook.com/wabcstv) and on YouTube (www.youtube.com/wabcvideo).
We are disappointed in this but trust in the will of God as he directs our ways and the world around us. We pray the service ministers to you in a very special way. Many of the songs to be sung at this service are part of a wonderfully worshipful new Christmas album from Sovereign Grace called Heaven Has Come. You can listen to these songs and several others through the remaining days of the Christmas season online at https://sovereigngracemusic.bandcamp.com/album/heaven-has-come. You can also stream the album on Spotify and Apple and Amazon. I highly recommend it and pray it will bless you as richly as it has me this year.
This has been a difficult year for everyone and many of you have gone through excruciating events personally or within your family. Yet you have proven faithful to the Lord and to his church in so many ways. It is a source of great encouragement to me. I love you all and am so thankful to be able to serve you as your pastor. On behalf of all the pastoral staff here at Western Avenue, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and may God grant us all a very happy new year in 2021.