A Word from the Pastor

We are getting close to the end of the road that leads to Christmas this year. For many of us the road to this particular Christmas has seemed very different than the road in previous years. Despite the things that we haven't been able to do this year that we always do, and the physical distancing and mask wearing that we do in the name of love during a pandemic, we've heard from Isaiah and John the Baptist this year as we often do. We've talked about repenting and confessing, as well as where we might find joy, and about waiting faithfully. We've experienced the sounds of the season through Jeffrey Millers afternoon concert too. This coming Sunday during our morning Service of Worship we will ponder Mary's role and her response to the news that she would give birth.

Some in our congregation sent us pictures of their Advent wreaths, and we have included those on the cover of the Sunday morning bulletin this week. Some in our world are hurting and grieving this year, and so as part of our church's preparation for Christmas, on Sunday afternoon our Stephen Ministers will host their annual Service of Light and Hope via livestream.  Many of you dropped off ornaments during the Advent Drive-Thru and a tree decorated with those ornaments is now in the sanctuary, reminding us that although we are not able to be together physically, we are still one.

As we near the end of the journey toward Christmas, I hope you have found some hope along the journey, as well as some peace, joy and love as well.