December 2017

"Advent means there is something on the horizon the likes of which we have never seen before....What is possible is to not see it, to miss it, to turn just as it brushes past you. And you begin to grasp what it was you missed, like Moses in the cleft of the rock, watching God's [back] fade in the distance. So stay. Sit. Linger. Tarry. Ponder. Wait. Behold. Wonder. There will be time enough for running. For rushing. For worrying. For pushing. For now, stay. Wait. Something is on the horizon." Jan L. Richardson, Night Visions: Searching the Shadows of Advent and Christmas

The Advent Season is upon us, and we have many wonderful activities planned during our approach to Christmas. We kick off the Advent Season with our Annual Advent Celebration this Sunday night, and wrap up the season with our Christmas Eve Service and Pageant.
This month's Neighbor lists the many events, activities, and gatherings that will take place during Advent, and we hope you will be able to take advantage of some of these in the weeks ahead.

As the days grow darker, Advent is a time of looking toward the light that appears in small and big ways. It is a time when we celebrate the ways that Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love make our God known and manifest in the world. It is a time of waiting, yet moving forward with expectation.

The approach to Christmas can also become chaotic, as we get busy with shopping and preparing, trying to make time to get the Christmas cards out and the lights on the house. As we journey through the next few weeks together, may we make space to pray, worship, be together, and look for the many ways that God is in our midst.

Wishing you many blessings this season,
Jim

"One of the essential paradoxes of Advent: that while we wait for God, we are with God all along ,that while we need to be reassured of God's arrival, or the arrival of our homecoming, we are already at home. While we wait, we have to trust, to have faith, but it is God's grace that
gives us that faith. As with all spiritual knowledge, two things are true, and equally true, at once. The mind can't grasp paradox; it is the knowledge of the soul." Michelle Blake,
The Tentmaker