2016 has been a crazy year for most of the world. But our Lord is unchanging and provides a constant source of hope and love, despite the circumstances. We know many of you work hard during this (and every) season to reflect that constant hope and love at your church and in your community. Our prayer this Christmas is that you will experience the hope and love of Jesus, not just by being a reflection of Him, but by encountering Him. And I think I speak for all parishioners around the world in saying: Thank you for being the light of Jesus!
Merry Christmas, from our family to yours.
-tom and the worshipplanning.com team
This past year has been incredible, and unlike any other year in my 40+ on this earth. As some of you know, early this year I chose to follow a crystal-clear calling of God to leave my full time job and really pour my efforts into WorshipPlanning.com. Helping churches though WorshipPlanning.com has been a passion of mine since it was first launched over 13 years ago. But not until February 17th of this year had I felt led to step out of the boat, among the wind and waves, and walk toward Jesus in this manner.
Since then, not a day goes by that I don’t reflect on that decision. And the reason is, I am so incredibly thankful, everyday, for this opportunity God has given me. The road hasn’t been straight, easy, and worry-free. But one thing is for sure: This is exactly where I am supposed to be, right now. Knowing this feels amazing, and can be described with an illustration of gears. When gears mesh correctly, the system is in sync and movement progresses as it should. The gears may be working hard, but they are working together.
This Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for God providing the opportunity to serve Him in this capacity, and allowing me to hear his voice along the way. I’m also very thankful for the many wonderful people that God used to provide encouragement. This includes my courageous family, the incredible people here at WorshipPlanning.com, the amazing ministries and churches that we serve, and my F3Nation brothers that offer perpetual encouragement and accountability.
I sincerely hope you and your family have an blessed Thanksgiving, and a spirit-filled holiday season.
As we enter 2016, the following prayer by Rev. Billy Graham seems appropriate:
Our Father and our God, as we stand at the beginning of this new year we confess our need of Your presence and Your guidance as we face the future.
We each have our hopes and expectations for the year that is ahead of us—but You alone know what it holds for us, and only You can give us the strength and the wisdom we will need to meet its challenges. So help us to humbly put our hands into Your hand, and to trust You and to seek Your will for our lives during this coming year.
In the midst of life’s uncertainties in the days ahead, assure us of the certainty of Your unchanging love.
In the midst of life’s inevitable disappointments and heartaches, help us to turn to You for the stability and comfort we will need.
In the midst of life’s temptations and the pull of our stubborn self-will, help us not to lose our way but to have the courage to do what is right in Your sight, regardless of the cost.
And in the midst of our daily preoccupations and pursuits, open our eyes to the sorrows and injustices of our hurting world, and help us to respond with compassion and sacrifice to those who are friendless and in need. May our constant prayer be that of the ancient Psalmist: “Teach me, O Lord, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end” (Psalm 119:33).
Read the entire prayer at BillyGraham.org
Worship leaders and team members, we know that Christmas is one of the busiest times of the year for you. We pray that in the midst of the busyness, you can find a moment to breathe and meditate on His Word and sit in His presence. In the midst of working hard and serving selflessly, may you rest in His peace. May you find a moment to reflect back on His faithfulness in 2015 and look forward to all that He has in store for the New Year!
Merry Christmas from all of us here at WorshpPlanning.com!
Wishing you and yours a wonderful celebration of the birth of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Merry Christmas to all!
Serving with you,
The crew at worshipplanning.com