Pastor’s Pen

Advent is upon us!!!  Advent is an “in-between” time of the year.  Advent is about what was and about what is to be, about what really happened and about what is yet to occur.  There is an expectancy and an anticipation as we live as a resident of two worlds.  First, we live fully in the here and now with all of its joys and sorrows, with all of its victories and its setbacks.  In this world, we love, laugh, get tired, make mistakes, hurt,    rejoice, and grieve the journey through this wonderful creation.  Second, we live with an anticipation for the life to come, having entered this journey through the waters of baptism and through our belief, faith, and practices.  We are “in between” the coming of Christ and His coming again, living the “now” with hopeful expectancy.  Please join us for our  “Living ‘In-between’” sermons series as we  journey through Advent!

During the month of December there will also be an opportunity to be a part of a small group or class.  Several groups will be studying from All Earth is Waiting, a book that explores the familiar Advent themes of hope, preparation, joy, and peace with the heavens and earth in mind.  This book also considers how all of creation longs for the coming of Christ, taking seriously the notion that the good news of Christ is good news for all the world — both for humanity and for the creation itself.  There are groups on Sunday morning and two groups on Wednesday evenings.

The Book Club will begin its second book in January 2019 — Paul Miller’s A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World.  This        wonderful little book acknowledges that prayer can be hard and that even as Christians we experience a ‘prayerlessness’ ― a kind of practical  unbelief that leaves us marked by fear, anxiety, joylessness, and spiritual lethargy.  Miller underscores that prayer is all about relationship. With insightful writing, Miller helps us discover a vibrant prayer life—one that is full of joy and power.  In A Praying Life, author Paul Miller lays out a pattern for living in relationship with God and includes helpful habits and approaches to prayer that enable us to return to a childlike faith.            If you would like to join the class, sign up for a book using the sign-up sheet on the Information Station at the back of the church.

Blessings to all during this joyous and glorious Advent season!!  May the Lord guide and keep you and yours! – Pastor John

 

Faith Focus: Scripture to read and consider during December: “I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord”.  — Luke 2: 10-12

Questions to ponder and go deep with:

1) How does Jesus, the Savior, bring you great joy?

2) To you, what is the ‘good new’ of Jesus Christ?

3) In what ways is Jesus the Lord of your life each day?