Pastor Rick: November 28

wreathsBig thanks to everyone who stayed for the Hanging of the Greens on Sunday.  The sanctuary is beautiful.  Now the season of Advent begins, the start of a new liturgical year, the turning in the cycle to God come near in human form.  Our theme for this Advent is “A Light for All Nations.”  Each week we will focus on the key themes of Advent – hope, peace, joy and love – in terms of the Light that transforms the world.  Sunday we will consider the light that hope brings when it enters a troubled world familiar with disappointment and despair.

On the four Friday nights of Advent – November 30, December 7, 14 and 21 – we will have a brief time for prayer and contemplation in the sanctuary at 7:00 PM.  As we watch and wait for the coming again of the Christ, we gather in community to share the experience of anticipation.  Last year, people found these servings meaningful.  I hope you will give them a try this season in preparation for what is to come in your own lives during this season.

Beginning this Sunday, I will lead three sessions in Adult Spiritual Formation on the theme “Prepare the Way.”  Each Sunday will have a different area in which to consider our preparation for Christ’s coming – in our personal lives, in our faith community and in our world.  What is it for which we prepare in this season and how does it make a difference in us and around us?

This is a wonderful time to invite a family member, friend, colleague, neighbor or stranger to join us in worship, sharing and learning.  See you Sunday at 10:00 AM and at the other events of the sseason.

May God bless us and keep us on the way,

Pastor Rick

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