The Awakening Youth’s Christmas celebration was broadcast on the YouTube channel on Saturday, December 19, due to coronavirus restrictions. The celebration began with Luke 2: 8-14.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly 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.”
While the program continued with the Christmas tunes, the theater play “The best gift that God Can Give: Jesus Christ” was staged. And gone before God at the time of prayer, by focusing on the words stated in Leviticus 19: 33-34, “‘When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.”
- Not to forget that human rights and human dignity are above all,
- In order to understand that rights and freedoms should be owned by everyone, not just mine or ours,
- To understand that discrimination and hate speech is a crime and to have love and understanding instead,
- In order for us to realize that solidarity is necessary for all and will liberate us all,
- We prayed that we could share God’s love with the refugees.
Volkan Er, Pastor of the Church of Signs and Wonders, referenced Romans 1: 2-4 in his sharing of the Christmas Special event. In his speech, “the subject of the gospel is Christ Jesus and His miraculous birth. God’s will, God’s sovereignty, and God’s Word were embodied. It manifested itself clearly to us. That the Word of God embodies and lives among us, this is the Good News. When Jesus Christ lived, he did many things that we can only expect from God. This clearly shows his divine nature. “
The program ended with Christmas tunes. (SAT-7 TÜRK/SMY)