Good morning United Church family! I’ve been thinking of you and praying for you this morning, this Thanksgiving Eve. Even with all the challenges facing us, we do have much to be thankful for. One of those for me is you, the people of our church!! We aren’t gathering in person these days, but when I close my eyes I can picture the room in our church building where we gather and I can see your faces. I look forward to when we will be there again hopefully with Linda or Lisa playing the piano!
This coming Sunday, November 29th is the first Sunday of Advent. It may seem a bit off for Advent to have a theme of ‘dealing with our fears.’ But that is what we will be talking about. Actually, if you take a look at the Christmas narratives in the gospels, you will see that fear figures quite prominently. The angel tells Joseph to ‘fear not’ after his dream. And angel tell Mary to not be afraid after informing her of what is going to transpire in her life and of course, the shepherds hear the same message after the angels appeared to them that night when they learned of Jesus’ birth.
As of this writing, it is still uncertain what we will be doing on Christmas Eve. The United Church council will meet on December 6th and that will be one of the items on the agenda. We will keep you posted. Until then, stay safe, enjoy a different kind of Thanksgiving and maintain a hopeful and a grateful heart. Keep your hearts and minds open to what God is doing in your lives and in the world.