This week, we welcomed a new addition to our extended family. Emma Jane Bruce was born Tuesday, November 2 to Paige’s sister Courtney and her husband Billy. We looked at picture after picture of this beautiful baby. We smiled at the tiny little fingers on tiny little hands. We marveled at the tiny little cheeks on a tiny little face. There’s something utterly astonishing about a newborn baby. As the day progressed, I began to think more and more about the reality that Jesus Christ, God Himself, left eternal glory in heaven to don tiny little fingers on tiny little hands…tiny little cheeks on a tiny little face. Jesus became a small, helpless, beautiful newborn baby. And this reality sent me to a place of gratitude and worship that God would so love the world that He would give us His one and only Son, knowing that without Jesus, I would be a dead man. And gratitude and worship turned into compassion for the people in my life who don’t know how much God loves them…the people in my life who don’t know that God put on the fullness and frailty of flesh to bring us back to Himself. So I prayed for my friends. I prayed that the Spirit would prepare their hearts to receive the Christmas message of God’s extravagant love.
This December, Christmas at RainCity Lounge is all about Northshore giving our neighbors the gift of God’s extravagant love at Christmas. Christmas at RainCity Lounge is all about creating an intimate, fun place where you can invite your friends to enjoy some great coffee, great dessert and great entertainment that ultimately points them to our Great God. As we prepare for Christmas at RainCity Lounge, the priority is prayer. Prayer for the people in our neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, and spheres of relationship who do not yet know Jesus. Prayer for the Spirit to go before us and prepare hearts. Prayer for the courage to invite friends, family, and neighbors. Prayer for the musicians, artists, technicians, and volunteers for Christmas at RainCity Lounge. The priority is prayer!
I am excited about Christmas at RainCity Lounge because I am excited about people who don’t know Jesus hearing about His great love and His great transforming power for their lives. I am excited about Northshore coming together as a “life-transforming community of Jesus” to serve our community and share the gospel. I am excited that we have a very real, tangible opportunity to be a church that’s servant-hearted and kingdom-minded.
This Sunday during our worship gatherings, you’ll hear more about Christmas at RainCity Lounge and get a taste of what the show will look like. You’ll also be given an opportunity to volunteer to serve during one or more of the shows. Please help us give our community the gift of God’s extravagant love at Christmas. PRAY. INVITE. BRING. SERVE
Go to the RainCity Lounge website to read more about the show and purchase tickets.
View a description of serving positions that need to be filled for Christmas at RainCity Lounge. You will have an opportunity to sign up on Sunday.
I look forward to seeing you there!