Christmas Eve in Midland this year means clear skies, sunshine, and a forecasted high temperature in the mid 80s. And snow!

It’s become a GCR tradition to provide man-made synthetic¬† snow to add to the atmosphere surrounding our Christmas Eve service. Brandon and Tim have been putting everything together this week and made a bucketful of the white stuff for us to sample. It’s room temperature, it won’t stick or make snowballs, but it does look and feel like snow. Add it to the brass quartet in the courtyard and the carriage rides around the building, and it makes for a really special setting for a really special evening.

I’m personally excited for this Christmas Eve service. We always had one while I was preaching at Legacy, but we didn’t do it the ten years we were at Central. I’ve missed it. The candles, the Christmas hymns, the Advent wreath, the little kids, the special videos and communion meal, seeing everybody’s families and meeting new folks – all in celebration of the coming into this world of the light of Christ, the eternal light that gives life to all people!

If you’re anywhere in West Texas on Friday, I invite you to join us for this special Christmas Eve blessing at Golf Course Road Church. You can play in the snow and enjoy the family-friendly activities outdoors beginning at 3pm and then come inside for the worship service that starts at 4pm. And when you leave, be sure to take one of the free books we’re giving away to every family who attends.

By the way, we made the decision on Monday to switch from serving hot chocolate to serving a cold punch. Good call.

Merry Christmas!

Allan