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Blog Archives: December 2018

The New Year Journey

December 27, 2018
Chris Castaldo
How shall we proceed into the New Year? Timothy Jones (1955 – ), the author of A Place for God, provides helpful insight. In the following excerpt, he describes the radical commitment of early Celtic saints who embarked on a life of missionary service without worldly assurances or visible supports. Their faithful embrace of “peregrinatio” provides an inspiring example of the journey to which God calls his disciples: The Celtic saints of earlier centuries made much of the idea of peregrinatio, a difficult-to-translate word that suggests an ...

Why Christmas?

December 18, 2018
Chris Castaldo
A Pottery Barn-like-glow emanating from the fireplace. The resplendence of tinfoil seraphs. The smile on a child’s face as she stands beside your bed at 4:33 AM with eyes that say, “Daddy, is it time yet?” These expressions of love-light gleaming are special gifts from God, enchanting and enriching our hearts; but they are not the reason for Christmas. So what is it? The reason for Christmas is best summarized in one word: GRACE God the Father, overlooking his wayward creation in the crucible of despond, offered the greatest gift ...

What Would You Like for Christmas?

December 13, 2018
Chris Castaldo
What would you like to receive for Christmas? You are by now familiar with the wish lists of the important people in your life—a spouse, children, siblings, friends. But what does the Lord’s Christmas list include, the gifts that God intends to give his people? How about this? How about a big branch from Israel? Here is how the Prophet Jeremiah described it: “The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah. ‘In those days, I will make a righteous Branch sprout from ...

Special Event: Lessons and Carols 2018

December 06, 2018
Chris Castaldo
You are cordially invited to join us at New Covenant Church, Naperville on Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 PM for our annual Lessons and Carols service under the direction of Greg Wheatley. This year we are delighted to have soprano, Grace Canfield, along with our adult choir. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is a worship service celebrating the birth of Christ. The nine lessons, readings of Scripture, are interspersed with the singing of carols, hymns and choir music. Traditionally, the lessons span the fall of humanity, words from the ...