Advent is a season of anticipation — a season of hopeful waiting. During this time we feel the strong sense of longing for God as we await his coming once again on Christmas Day in the form of a little baby. What makes Christmas such a beautiful day is the anticipatory work we do leading up to that day. We decorate, we wrap presents, we gather with family, we sing songs, we get excited.
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Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the colors of the leaves on the trees. I love the crisp fall air and the cozy feeling of being bundled under blankets with a warm drink. I love all things pumpkin and apple. I love going to corn mazes and having campfires. I have so many fond memories of the falls at my house growing up, playing in the leaves, carving pumpkins, and eating fall treats. And it certainly helps that my favorite color, orange, is so prevalent this time of year.
July was a busy month. In one month Pastor Tim and I traveled to/from North Carolina, Ohio, Florida and Colorado. We saw a whole variety of friends and family, worshiped with all sorts of people and created all kind of different memories.
As has become our custom, at the May Congregational Business meeting we announced our new focus for 2018-2019. Beginning with the program year in September, this next year will be “The Year of the Bible.”
“It was a dark and stormy night…” This is the way the Charlie Brown’s beloved dog, Snoopy, began all of his stories about the WWI Flying Ace and his fight against the infamous Red Baron.
Pastor Tim and I were very encouraged by the engagement of The Journey during this past Advent. Several of you came to us and shared how you enjoyed having an opportunity to engage the Christmas story on a different level. Some of you even asked if we would do another book study during Lent, especially since Adam Hamilton advertised one of his Lenten studies in the back of the book we were reading.
Lent is already upon us, beginning with Ash Wednesday on Valentine’s Day and concluding with Easter on April Fool’s Day (it is a unique year to have these holy days connected with other holidays). During Lent this year we hope to learn more about our God through learning more about Jesus. To do this we will be exploring Jesus’ “I AM” statements from the Gospel of John each week in worship.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year and the beauty of the season is always a favorite of mine. Many of you know that I love children’s books. One book that I acquired this past year is a little book called “Why Christmas Trees Aren’t Perfect” by Richard H. Schneider and illustrated by Elizabeth J. Miles. This is a profound little book, filled with thoughtful reflection on the season.
As you may have already heard, our fall Love Feast is undergoing some changes this year. Love Feast in the fall will continue to be on World Communion Sunday which this year is October 1st, but this year we are going to move Love Feast right after the 11:00am worship service.
Our 2017 Annual Conference theme was “Risk Hope.” During our Sunday morning worship on August 20, we will spend some time reflecting on the week of Annual Conference, both the business and the theme. To prepare for this time, I am going to give you some of my initial reflections from the week of conference. We don’t often think about hope being a risky venture, but it is, in fact, something that comes with a cost. Hope often means looking beyond what seems to be our current reality.