December 3, 2019

Last week, we began our new Advent Sermon series on The Family of God. We heard the story of Ruth and Naomi. We heard that even though her religion and culture would have required it, Ruth refused to leave Naomi and made a commitment to stay with her. With that commitment, Ruth and Naomi became a family of choice. We heard Jesus tell his disciples that those who do the will of God are his true family. Jesus, too, had a family of choice. Hopefully, we all have people in our lives that while not related to us by blood are nonetheless family. They are the ones we choose to be with, who share our values, our goals, our passion, our commitments. We know that they have our backs and we have theirs. They are the ones who travel with us through thick and thin, They are our posse. They are family.

This Sunday the children and youth Sunday School class, will be presenting their Christmas play, Silent Night. We will light the second candle in our Advent Wreath, the candle of peace. Pr. Matt Johnson will be preaching on John the Baptist ~ Jesus’ crazy uncle John. Following the service, all are invited to join the United Methodist Women in the Fireside Room for their annual Advent Tea.

The worship series for Advent is: The family of God.  Throughout Advent, we will hear stories from Jesus’ lineage. We will celebrate the diversity of families in Scripture, in our communities and in our church. We will acknowledge that family is complicated, non-traditional, and multigenerational. Some of us are surrounded and embraced by our biological families and others of us have had to create families of choice. No matter what our particular family may look like, we are all part of God’s family.

In keeping with our worship theme of families and the role they play in our lives, the Adult Faith Formation class is reading and discussing Adam Hamilton’s book, Faithful, Christmas through the Eyes of Joseph. Last week we explored the ways that our fathers have shaped our lives and our faith. This week the topic will be on the importance of extending and receiving mercy, forgiveness, and grace in all our relationships but especially in our families. Come and join us for these conversations that touch on issues related to our family life in light of our faith.

REMINDER: If you have not already done so, please bring a picture of your family for us to add to the garland draping the communion rail. These are OUR family pictures. For we are now a family united in love.

Your Partner in Ministry,

Pr. Wendy