Our Advent Conspiracy continues as we intentionally focus on God’s love that comes to us in Jesus during these weeks leading up to Christmas. The advent candle that we will be lighting on Sunday is the candle of JOY as we celebrate the joy that we experience and encounter in Jesus. This Sunday we will also experience the energy and the joy of our children's pageant as we retell the Christmas story during our 10:00am service. In light of all that is going on in our country and our world, the innocence of a children's pageant serves as a welcome interrupt to the last minute details and items on our to do lists.
I will also say that as a congregation you have made it clear that you want to be informed of things happening that affect the ministry of our church. With that reality in mind I do want to share with you that our current financial projections show that we could end this year with a deficit as high as $65,000. While this is a deficit that is close to what we budgeted at the beginning of the year, it is a deficit nonetheless. As a Session we are very aware of the economic realities that our church and many in our congregation are facing. This being said, if you find that you are in a position to make an additional gift to the church [either money, a distribution from an IRA or gifts of stock] it will help our church tremendously as we further and strengthen our ministry.
Grace and Peace,
This week's worship information:
Sermon Series: Advent Conspiracy
This week’s message: Give More
Scripture [Passages are printed at the end of this email]:
Questions for reflection:
Continue to spend some time on prayer and reflection as to the ways in which God is/wants to be at work in your life during this season of advent.
What are the most significant parts of the Christmas story for you? Is there a particular person [Mary, Joseph, Wise men, etc.] that you particularly resonate with?
How have you been able to be a part of our “conspiracy” in trying to recapture the true meaning of Christmas? What helps you to focus on God’s love in Christ as opposed to the consumerism/consumption of our culture?
‘My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.’