Happy New Year! December dawns chilly and bright at St. John’s. It was nice to kick off the new liturgical year with a Parish meeting – electing our new Vestry member for 2018-2020. A chance to embrace our past and how we care for our church and our people, and yet a chance to remember the call to keep moving ahead with new vision and new insights. Thanks to David G. for his election to the Vestry, his service will be a blessing for all of us.

In worship we heard from Jesus: “Beware, keep alert! …for God is coming… keep awake.” That view was placed against or alongside the words of Isaiah. Not the words of comfort we remember from Isaiah, but the words of lament and accusation – calling on God to come down… to not forget us… to not abandon us (even though it is us who abandon God). We are called to investigate God’s presence in the world around us, acknowledging the truth we know, the pain and isolation we feel, and the reminder of connection and reconciliation available through a functioning relationship with God. Enjoy the invitation this Advent to uncover God in our midst.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:3-9; Mark 13:24-37

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