Greetings on the 3rd Sunday of Advent; December 15; and 10 days before Christmas. It was a blessing to gather for worship on a bright morning after all the rain of the previous few days. It is nice to see the pond with a little more water in it – still some room left but the last few days cut the deficit in half. We held our annual Vestry election and Marcella will return to the Vestry for 2020-2022. When you see her thank her for her service.
We will observe “the Longest Night” service next Sunday beginning at 7:00 pm. This service will allow us to offer room for people who are less than “cheery and bright” this Christmas season. We will gather to offer prayers and reflections of hope in the darkness. If you know someone who might benefit, please invite them to join us.
In worship today we heard about the gladness felt by the return of the Israelites from exile in Babylon; how the highway in the desert would be straight and there would be none to deter them in their journey. We heard James remind Christians to be patient, God is coming back, and hopeful in all they do. But to not be surprised by God’s return we need to be prepared. Our sermon focused on Matthew and reaching understanding when it comes to God. Our story showed that asking questions and participating in answers brings more than information – it brings understanding. But Jesus reminds us to say what it is that we are looking for when we interact with God and God’s creation.
I invite your comments,
Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:4-9; James 5:7-10; Matthew 11:2-11