Happy December and greetings from a brisk and breezy Chuckatuck. We’re still hanging in during the resurgence of the coronavirus in Virginia (and around the world) and thankfully, none of our parishioners have contracted the virus – but now’s not the time to let our guard down. A few extended family members have been impacted but all appear to be on the mend or out of danger. Our prayers are with our community and our loved ones as we continue our journey through Advent towards Christmas. God’s blessings to you all.

In worship we heard stories of the messengers and what they brought to their time, and what they remind us of nearly 2 millennia later. Our prophets and our prophetic witness don’t simply condemn us, rather they help us to a place of contrition and forgiveness. Our reading from the end of first Isaiah was one that reminds us that God, even when we are judged, stands ready to provide comfort and to call everyone who listens home. The message of hope is constant as time. The epistle in second Peter reminds us of God’s promise and the reassurance that God’s apparent delay is not because God is slow – rather that God wants all people to have the ability to repent. Last, our sermon looked at the character of John the Baptizer as portrayed in Mark. John proclaimed the good news but started with the reality that to receive the good news we need to repent and be restored to a real relationship with God. Our annual Advent journey helps us remember, allay our fears, and overcome our reluctance in the face of real danger. God wants us in relationship.

I invite your comments,

Readings: Isaiah 40:1-11; Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13; 2 Peter 3:8-15a; Mark 1:1-8

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