If you weren’t aware of it by the weather (how could you not), you will soon notice it at the mall or your neighborhood super store. It is that season of the year once again. Trees strapped to the roof of cars, carols playing everywhere, bell ringers at the store entrance, and lights popping out on houses in our neighborhoods. You might even be one of those gaudy decorators! Anyway, our thoughts turn to Christmas and all its extra activities and responsibilities. Many of the “extras” are not secular, but spiritual and sacred: Advent devotionals to attend to, a Christmas Eve worship at church and family get-togethers and traditions to honor. Add to that the parties and the shopping and the decorating and things get pretty busy, Hopefully, this year we’ll find the time to be with the Holy family as they celebrate the life they are given and sing with the angels as they herald the coming of the heavenly King! I pray that through all our celebrations we’ll experience a oneness with that family and ours, a oneness that will sustain us through all our trials as surely as it did through theirs.
We had a number of people who are having medical difficulties and are in need of our prayers. Sharon and I try to keep people informed of these needs through our e-prayer system. When we know something new or an update to a situation, we post our findings. Your e-mail is the best way to keep up. If you are not on our e-mail list and want to be, please let Sharon know. Prayer is important!
Scriptures for this 1st Sunday of Advent are: Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122:1-9, Romans 13:11-14 and Matthew 24:36-45. They are mostly about the second coming, or ’Advent’ of Christ; and the part that excites me most, the ultimate coming of God’s Kingdom. I hope you are living in anticipation of that great day!
The 2nd Sunday of Advent, ‘Peace Sunday’ we’ll be looking at: Isaiah 11:1-12, Psalm 72:1-8, Romans 15:4-13 and Matthew 3:1-12. We’ll continue our efforts to prepare ourselves to welcome the Prince of Peace.
In Advent, we are called to be awake! Be alert! I hope to worship with you each Sunday this month as we celebrate, awake and alert to welcome His coming!