We begin the season of Advent today, which will continue for the next three Sundays, leading us up to Christmas Eve. In general term advent simply means “arrival” or “appearance.” We use it to describe the coming a person, a thing or an event. But in the church, it is the coming of something — or someone — great, awesome and life-changing. Advent marks several new beginnings, the first of which is the new calendar year for the church. Today is our New Year’s Day, so to speak.
Have you ever been out for a walk in the woods or maybe a drive out in the country and you get that uneasy feeling that maybe, just maybe you don’t know where you are? In other words, you’re lost? I read this great article in Outside magazine this month about an American tourist who always wanted to visit the volcanoes of Iceland. He touched down at the Keflavik National Airport , went to the rental car checkout, got a little sedan that was equipped with GPS navigation, punch
We woke up on Wednesday morning in a new world. We have a new president-elect, like it or not. Those issues and ideals that we so tightly cling to and pray that a national leader will protect those values we hold so dear — well, what does that look like today? If the candidate you voted for lost, you might be feeling anxious. And if the candidate who you voted for won, you still might be feeling a little anxious. If that describes you, well, you’re not alone. In The Atlantic
We are blessed to have such a beautiful house in which to worship the Lord. To come together as a community, as a family in fellowship. And to use as a home base from which our mission work begins. All of it and more — worship, fellowship, breaking bread as we will do later in the service, and helping others — this is what it means to be one of God’s children. And there’s a name for that. That word is saint. This is what it means to be a saint. It’s what the Apostle Paul call
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