This Sunday we begin the holy season of Advent, as we prepare ourselves, not to make another turkey dinner, or rush to buy that last minute gift, or frantically look for the perfect tree, but to receive the good news that God is Emmanuel—God with us. I love this Advent season, simply because it reminds me to prepare myself for the very heart of our faith, which is that God comes to be with us in the person of Jesus, and God is always with us in this life. It is the very heart of who God is. This Advent season we prepare to hear the story of God’s love life among us. No one would have guessed and even today we strain to believe that God comes to us in vulnerability, as a baby child. God is known to us in our lives in this very same way: in vulnerability, without pretense, seeking nothing but embrace, and our very hearts. This Sunday, as we begin the Advent season, we have several opportunities to touch and see the heart of our faith. At 9am we will have a Holy Conversation in the library about the power of our stories of transformation and vulnerability. This time will be hosted by Pam Coffey, a certified facilitator in The Daring Way (Brené Brown’s teaching). She will help us all connect with a sense of our deeper purpose here. Please make an effort to join the conversation! At worship, we will hear the good news of how we belong to God and this is the very source of our hope. If you’re like me, you could use a good dose of hope these days. Come Sunday, and you’ll get it—maybe even in our Children’s Sermon! Then, after the 10am service, we will gather in the Parish Hall as all are invited to make an Advent Wreath for their household. It will be a time to meet new friends, share your story, hear a new one, and enjoy time together. A donation of $15 is suggested to cover the cost of fresh greenery and materials—but don’t let the cost keep you from joining in the fun! I look forward to beginning this holy season together. Proclaiming the good news that God is coming, God is with us, God is Emmanuel. Let’s celebrate together.
See you Sunday,