As we prepare for the joyous season of Christmas, we have much to do. It's a story and a message of rich beauty that transforms our lives. There's a sense of the Creator's presence and the wonder of childlike joy. The texture of worship and the power of peace are there for each of us to reach out and embrace. How do we prepare for Christmas? Sure, we spend time buying gifts, hanging lights, decorating our tree, but do we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior? Our children and youth can lead us to a place of worship. We invite you to four events of love, grace, and peace at St. Paul Lutheran Church.On December 18th, the children and youth of St. Paul will present the regular worship service. Our message is entitled, "Hold on to Your Hat -- It's Christmas!" Come and experience God's presence through drama, music and a beautiful story. Your spirits will be lifted as the Luke 2 story comes to life in an amazing way. Offertory music will consist of a piano medley by Luke Gillespie, Staci Habecker and Levi Hofmann. Chance Stockbridge will lead us in our liturgy, especially written for children. This is a not-to-be-missed worship event and we invite you to join us if you need a place of worship. The service begins at 10:45.On Christmas Eve, December 24th, at 7:00 p.m., we will offer a Candlelight Service planned and led by the St. Paul youth. The sermon is titled: "I Wonder About Christmas." It was written by Reverend Herbert Brokering and the sermon will be given by Pastor Ron Birk and Lynn Reichenau. Once again, a special invitation is extended to all who need a place to worship and receive the gift of the Christ child.On Christmas Day, we will receive Holy Communion and worship togethr as we give thanks for the child who brought joy to the world!On January 1st, as we begin the year 2012, Pastor Charles Eckert will preach and conduct a Healing Service at the 10:45 worship service. What a wonderful way to begin a new year! The children and youth of all our congregations are so very precious, but they truly can lead us to a place of worship! "Come" is God's ceaseless invitation. From all eternity, He has invited us to share the intimacy of His own divine life. Help us to listen to God's constant invitation and to follow eagerly through the remaining days of Advent, to Christmas, and into a New Year. May the richest blessings of the season fill your hearts and lives.