From the Pastor;
The season of Advent is one of anticipation. Historically, as well as biblically, it represents the time when the world waited in
anticipation of the coming of the long awaited messiah. As the centuries have passed since that first blessed Christmas morn, Advent
has become the season, still filled with anticipation that we prepare for the joyous celebration that remembers and recognizes the greatest
give of all time. That moment in time when the Almighty God reached down from heaven and touched the world with the presence of his living
word through the gift of his Son, the life that we know and accept as Jesus Christ. The joyous celebration that remembers and recognizes the
difference that the gift, that presence, that life made and continues to make in this world.
In those same centuries so many wonderful traditions have been developed to offer praise and celebrate the blessed event of Christ's
birth. Several of those traditions have in some ways grown to seemingly obscure and overshadow the true "reason for the season". It is
in no way that I offer any suggestions that these traditions should not be included or honored, but that we as the living body of Christ also offer
our voices, our efforts and our praise to the Almighty God for the gift of Jesus Christ. To unite in the message with the hope that amongst
all the clatter of reindeer hooves, over all the ho, ho, ho's, during all the gulping of eggnog, through all the football games, parades,
parties and sales, that the world around us remembers and recognizes that the only gift that truly makes a difference was not purchased
on "black Friday", not delivered by a jolly guy in a red suite and not placed under a lit up tree. The greatest gift of all time came to the world
wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.
I truly wish all of you the merriest of Advent and Christmas Seasons and look forward to celebrating and experiencing all of the wonderful
and meaningful traditions of this community and church. I hope and pray that we are all filled with great anticipation as we journey forward
to our first celebration together of the wondrous hope, peace, love and joy that is "the" gift. The birth and life of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
May God continue to keep us, bless us and guide us.