Dear Church Family,
I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It is in many ways my favorite holiday because it is the most family oriented and least commercial of the major celebrations. We were blessed to be with Josh, Liza, Christie and Emme.
Now we turn our attention to Advent, that season of anticipation as we prepare to celebrate again the birth of Jesus. In the midst of all our rush to get ready, the church tells us to slow down, watch, notice, wait patiently, as we contemplate the incarnation of God in Jesus, and what it means to affirm “Emmanuel, God with us.” What a beautiful thing it is to remember that we are not alone, but that God is with us through life’s journey of joy and sorrow.
This is a time to break out and wear your purple (the liturgical color of royalty, affirming Christ as King) —sweaters, shirts, ties, pants and sportscoats (yes, I have a purple one of those!) The word “Advent’ means “coming,” and the lectionary gospel reading for the 1st Sunday in Advent, Matthew 24:36-44, focuses on Christ’s his coming again in glory. It may seem an odd way to begin the season, but it is intended to remind us that we live between two Advents
I’ve been enjoying preparing a Bible study on the birth narratives, scheduled for two Tuesdays, December 3 and 10. I’m still waiting to hear from a few more of you before settling on afternoon (3-4:30 p.m.) or evening (7:30-9:00 p.m.) Let me know by e-mail and we’ll fix the time on Sunday.
See you in church.
Peace and Joy,