On January 7 at Sunday service in “Philadelphia” church in Izhevsk the congregation remembered about Christmas and again rejoiced about it. Birth of Jesus Christ is not just a historic event but it is love of the Lord for all people expressed in action. On this day the songs inspiring people and praising God were performed by the church choir, youth worship bands, Udmurt ensemble “Inkrezh”. Teenage and children’s worship groups joined the worship.

Senior pastor Pavel Zhelnovakov reminded the church about the single reason why God’s Son came to earth: «For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.» (John 3:16). Many people know the moment of the Christmas story when an Angel appeared to shepherds and told them about the Baby’s birth. A great company of the heavenly host appeared with the Angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14). What do these words mean to us? Heavenly host praised the Lord, His love and plan for salvation of humankind. They proclaimed new system of establishing peace based on forgiveness and favor through faith. Talking about favor, the Lord establishes for all peoples His good will for salvation and help for everyone who believes in Him.

Unfortunately people have different attitudes toward Christmas. Some people do not accept Jesus and do not believe in His birth, although it was proved even by secular scholars. The best thing that we can do is to accept the Savior's birth and our sinfulness and to say the sinner's prayer. At the end of the festive service the pastor blessed the church in prayer so that believers in Christ would keep memory of Christmas in their hearts throughout the whole year and those who have not yet accepted Jesus would make this important choice in their lives.

Alisa Zorkina

 



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14 Jan 2018
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05 Jan 2018
Christmas concerts of the Udmurt Christian ensemble “Inkrezh” took place in Izhevsk and localities of Udmurtia