Dear Church Family,
This Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent, when we light the Peace candle. The scripture reading is Luke 3:1-6, which not only quotes Isaiah’s prophesy about the coming of the Messiah, but also is quite specific in identifying the time and place of this world transforming event….”in the 15th year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee.” The sermon, “God’s specificity” will explore the importance of those details.
We’re already making plans for our Christmas Eve celebration, which will be at 7 p.m. this year and will include the traditional service of lessons and carols, an original Christmas story, special music, a pageant featuring our members, and a candle lighting ceremony. Christmas is a time when people seem to be more open to spiritual experience. So this is a good time and a good service to invite our friends and neighbors to attend. Our plan is to prepare an invitational postcard and we need you help to put together a list of people to whom we might send this. If each person in the congregation gave us the names and addresses of 4-5 folks, we’ll address and send the invitation (weeding out duplicates, of course). The card will come from the church, not from any individual. Our hope is that we’ll have a full church that night.
Nearly all of us know people who have just gotten out of the habit of church or may be searching to find a spiritual connection and who may need a gentle nudge. Who know how God might use this opportunity to reach out to others? Send names and addresses to me via return e-mail, or write names on paper that will be available Sunday and place in the offering plate, no later than December 16.
I love this season of Advent and Christmas. I love all the trappings—the cards, the festive clothes, the decorations, the cookie making, the exchange of gifts. But especially I love the beauty of the message and the opportunity to allow God to touch our hearts deeply with the good news of the birth of Jesus, Emmanuel—God with us.
See you in church
Peace and Joy,
From the Minister
Dear Church Family,