Greetings! The greens are hung, the Advent journey is drawing to a close, and December is firmly entrenched in Chuckatuck. We observed the 4th Sunday of Advent and greeted visitors – sharing God’s blessings with those around us. It was nice to have a local couple who is looking for a church home visit today. Tonight, we will celebrate, along with others in our community, the longest night (which happened this morning), with a reflective service opening the doors of our community who want a place of respite in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the pre-Christmas season. Stop by at 7:00 if it sounds rewarding.
Today’s worship brings a close to our Advent journey this year. We’ve heard questions from God: “what are you looking for?” and others as we prepare for the coming of the Messiah. Today was the introduction of Jesus’ birth story and the declaration by Isaiah that Emmanuel (or Immanuel) – God with us – would come to save us from our sins. But the question asked by Isaiah, and still applicable today, was “ask for a sign [from God], any sign, that would help you trust that God is with you.” Ahaz probably didn’t want to hear the answer – because it would lead for him to change – but God gave him the promise, a child would come who would be known as God with us to lead us where we need to go. What sign do we need that will convince us that God is trustworthy? Are you ready to change when God responds?
I invite your comments and likes,
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-16; Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18; Romans 1:1-7; Matthew 1:18-25