These words open the Let There Be Color A dvent Devotional booklet you are invited to use during this Advent season of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of the Light of the World in Jesus Christ. I invite you to order a booklet (suggested donation $3, but available free for the asking) from the office and to spend some time each day in Advent preparing your heart and life, as well as your home, for Christmas.
We will have many opportunities for worship and celebration together, beginning with the Bazaar, including the Advent dinner and Christmas Pageant, three services of worship on December 24 and continuing right through to our New Year’s Eve worship and brunch. Please take a look at the cover article, and mark your calendars now for you, your friends and family to worship God, to celebrate, and prepare the way for Christ in Advent. This is a great time to invite a friend or neighbor to join you.
I want to highlight a new worship experience we will have this year. On Thursday, December 21st, the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere, we will gather at 7 pm for a Longest Night service of worship which I will lead together with the Deacons. Many in this season are ready to sing “Joy to the World,” but for others, this is a hard time and the carols and tinsel can increase the sense of loss. Whether this is the first Christmas without someone we love, or we are still hurting from loss or suffering from long ago, we will gather to worship God in the midst of mourning and pain. We will gather to shed tears if they come, to hold hands if they are available, and to join our voices with one another and our forebears in the faith who still cry out, “How long?” Please read more about this service inside, or feel free to be in touch with me. Even if this is not a time of lament or loss for you, it can be a great gift to invite a friend, family member or neighbor and accompany them to worship. This service is meant to be a gift to our wider community, as well as our own members and friends.
Speaking of gifts, how grateful I am to God every day for the gift of serving as your pastor, and your partner in seeking to follow in faith where the light of Christ leads us.
God’s hope, peace, joy and love be yours!