Pastor Julie’s December Message

Wait for the Light

Light your candles quietly, such candles as you possess, wherever you are. – Alfred Delp

The season of Advent is once again upon us in a flurry of activities that can often leave us frazzled and breathless.  It is a time of contrasting emotions: the joy of getting together with friends and loved ones, and the sorrow of feeling lonely or missing loved ones.  As I say at the 8:45 service every Sunday, “All that you carry is welcome here.”  The season of Advent carries all of this and leads us to a new place.

Advent literally means ‘arrival’.  In understanding Advent in this way, we see that we have been given a season of preparation.  It’s not a season of idle preparation, waiting for the day to spring upon us, but a time to prepare our hearts and minds for a momentous act:  God coming into our midst!

The Church will be busy preparing during this Advent season.  We will work to prepare for God coming into our midst as we await the second Advent – the promised coming of God’s kingdom to earth.

To help us prepare our hearts, there will be various opportunities at Church for activities  and contemplation.  On Sunday, December 4, we will host our Advent cookie bake and church decoration.  This event will certainly put us in the spirit for the season and we will enjoy fellowship at the luncheon that day.  On December 11, we will host an Advent Vespers Service at 4 p.m.  The musicians will include the children from Sacred Sounds Music Camp.  There will be a potluck supper to follow the service.  Call the church office to sign up. The annual Christmas Pageant will take place on December 18 at the 10:45 Service.  Cindy Doran has written a wonderful play for our children to recall what Christmas is truly about. Our Candlelight Christmas Eve Service will take place at 7:30 on December 24th.  Christmas Day Service will be held at 10 a.m.  And our Christmas Lessons and Carols Service will be held on January 1 at 10 a.m.

That is a whirlwind of activity that will center our thoughts to fully celebrate Immanuel, God with us.

Advent peace,

Pastor Julie

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