Rev. John Shaver
Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 9:30am
This Sunday, we will once again enter the season of Advent, a spiritual season filled with great opportunities to grow in our faith lives. The word advent itself means "coming." In modern times, Advent has become a time of preparing for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, a practice that looks to the past fulfillment of God's promises. I hope this year we can look at Advent as more than just a time of remembering the stories of people of two thousand years ago and listening for what God is sharing with us in the present. As we gather this Sunday and light the first candle, let us pay attention to the messages of hope that God has for each of us. Advent is a new year and an excellent opportunity for new beginnings!
Pause with me for a moment and let this prayer by Henri Nouwen speak to you as we come into a season of preparation, waiting, serving, and listening:
On this first Sunday of Advent, we'll begin a new series, The Signs Of The Season, and share in a special 9:30 a.m. Worship Hour as we combine our "Hanging Of The Greens" and First Sunday of Advent. There will be a special time for children and youth at this worship hour held outside.
Grace, Peace, and Gratitude,