Pastor’s Note

December 2023

Blessed Advent and Christmas to you!

I am looking forward to all we have in store for this month, with the music of Advent and Christmas, the Thankquet and Christmas Pageant activities and the opportunity to welcome new members into our congregation. We’ve got plenty to be thankful for.

The theme of our Advent worship services is “Prepare,” as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. In the midst of the busyness of the season, let us take time to pause and reflect on the true spirit of Christmas.

This time is a season of love, hope, and joy. It is a time to remember and rejoice in the miraculous gift of Jesus, sent by God to redeem us and bring us eternal life. In the gospel of Luke we read, “Do not be afraid; for see—I am bringing you good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-22 NRSV)

This is also a season to look for those for whom this time of year may not be as joyful as it was before, who are missing loved ones or who are new to the area and looking for a friend. Let’s keep our eyes and ears open to the opportunities we might have to invite someone new to our family celebrations, so that no one may be alone at Christmas. Through simple acts of kindness, we can be vessels of God’s love for those in need.

As we journey through this Advent/Christmas season, may our lives be a reflection of the love and grace we have received through Jesus Christ. Let us celebrate his birth with hearts full of gratitude and a commitment to love one another as he first loved us. May this Christmas be a time of spiritual renewal, drawing us closer to the One who is the reason for the season.

Wishing you all a blessed and joyous Advent/Christmas season filled with God’s love.

-Pastor Holly