It is hard to believe but Advent is upon us once again. At the heart of Advent is this idea of waiting patiently and eagerly for Christ’s return. Ironically, as Advent calls us to be patient and wait, everything else tells us otherwise. Christmas parties, Christmas shopping, Christmas traveling, Christmas guests, Christmas plans, Christmas stress. There is no time to stop and wait. With that in mind, this year my prayer and invitation are that you and I will make space to slow down and take time to listen and be open to God’s new ways, new paths, new people.
Our sermon series this Advent will stress precisely our need to slow down so that we might be able to make room for God in our lives. The biblical stories of Zechariah, Joseph, Mary and Jesus will give us that opportunity. I hope you will join us.
I also wanted to extend one more invitation to our Saturday night Dinner Church service at 5 p.m. in Fellowship Hall. We hope to create a space for those who feel Sunday mornings are difficult to come to church but also to provide a different worship experience for those not interested in traditional worship. This is a 4-week service trial. We will then stop and evaluate in order to prayerfully decide what to do in the future. I also want to clarify that trying this type of service does not mean we are not open to exploring different types of music styles in our worship services. This is simply our first exploratory step in that direction.
As Advent begins, may our time of waiting be blessed. May we find comfort in one another’s prayers and presence. And may our actions open our hearts as we prepare to receive once again Christ’s gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love and share these gifts with one another and with our community.
Yours in Christ,
Pastor Daniel Mejia