Thanks to everyone who pitched in last week to help with the Gratitude Dinner and to all those who signed up to help with coffee hour in the upcoming weeks. There are still some slots open and I would be grateful for your help. Remember that we will be decorating the church for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season. We can use everyone’s help – young and old alike.
Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent. This is meant to be a quiet time do sacred contemplation in anticipation of the Christmas event when God enters our reality in human form. I imagine this is a challenge for most of usm given the frenetic pace of actitvity that has come to characterize this time of year. Hopefully our schedule for the season will help you find time and space to prepare for the coming of Christ.
I am grateful to everyone who participated in the Advent Planning Workshop and to Dan Cudworth, Jan and Greg who met with me this week to work further on the services for the season. I am excited about lies ahead for us as we worship, study and work for realization of God’s Beloved Community in our misdst, beginning with a baby born in Bethlehem.
On this first Sunday, we will focus on two texts – Psalm 25, with its affimation of God’s steadfast love and mercy, even in the hardest times; and on Jeremiah’s great affirmation of hope for the future, written from prison as the world he knew was crumbling around him. How do we hold hope and let it shape our lives when we are confronted with wars and rumors of war, threats and acts of terror, economic uncertainty and pressure to perform. All these and more generate an atmosphere of fear. But our word for the time is hope because the future is in God’s hands. We begin Advent, expectantly, that our hopes will be fulfilled.
See you Sunday at 10:00 AM ready to worship, learn and share. Bring someone with you and stay to “Hang the Greens – and blues and whites and golds!
May we continue to grow together as God’s people.