This Christmas is a little different for me. During this season I’m often focused on all that goes into Christmas and worship at Floris. This year, however, I’m gearing up for a launch of a new campus in Reston. January 4 is not that far after Christmas. In fact, during the week that I would often rest and relax, I will be gearing up for welcoming brand new people to Restoration Church.

We’re ready. We have been planning and praying for these folks for nearly a year. The team of people who are going to worship at Restoration have been inviting friends, sharing at events like Oktoberfest and the Reston Farmers Market, and praying for the community in Reston. We have been preparing for a Celebration of Christmas in the Town Center on December 20. We have been having preview services to show people what it is like so that they can share with their friends. I have been meeting people in Reston to find out what the culture and community is like so that we can meet people where they are. Our new worship leader, Amy Cox, has been preparing music and other creative elements for worship. Our kids ministry coordinator, Val Blow, is preparing supplies and other wonderful events for the children.

This is going to be exciting. Christmas is not about a day a baby was born. It’s about God who sent Jesus to be our Savior. That’s what I’m living into as we prepare for Restoration’s opening. There’s a song that I have been listening to this Christmas by Relient K. It summaries my feelings about Christmas leading into Restoration perfectly:

“I Celebrate The Day”

And with this Christmas wish is missed
The point I could convey
If only I could find the words to say to let You know
How much You’ve touched my life
Because here is where You’re finding me,
In the exact same place as New Year’s eve
And from a lack of my persistency
We’re less than half as close as I want to be

And the first time
That You opened Your eyes did You realize that You would be my Savior
And the first breath that left Your lips
Did You know that it would change this world forever

And so this Christmas I’ll compare the things I felt in prior years
To what this midnight made so clear
That You have come to meet me here

To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me
In the hope that what You did
That you were born so I might live
To look back and think that
This baby would one day save me

And I, I celebrate the day
That You were born to die
So I could one day pray for You to save my life

Friends, this is going to be a wonderful year for our church. A year where we look back and see all that God has done with this new campus. It’ll be a place where we offer people the love of Jesus Christ. What if next Christmas, someone from the Reston community is singing this song because of their time at Restoration?

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