Pastor's Desk November 2018
“So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.”
(Luke 2:16 NIV).
We are transitioning into a very eventful time.
Socially we are entering into what is known as the “Christmas Season”. There are the parties, concerts, feasts, shopping and the like that go along with this time our culture engages in each year.
Spiritually we are entering into the Season of Advent. That is what the church has seen traditionally as the four weeks prior to Christmas. Advent means “waiting” and the season is meant to remind us of the first Advent where the world waited for the Messiah to be born and the Second Advent where we are waiting on Christ to return.
We often confuse or intermingle those two seasons. Sometimes we see Advent and Christmas as the same thing and use the words interchangeably. It is important for us to remember that for the church the “Christmas Season” doesn’t begin until Christmas Day. None of us should rigidly observe that and remove ourselves from the good aspects of our social observances this time of the year. But as we party and sing and give gifts, we should keep things in perspective at least in our hearts.
This year we are planning to help everyone remain focused on Advent and Christmas. For the four Sunday’s of Advent we will be focusing on a different aspect of the Family of Jesus. This will begin in the Sunday School hour on Sunday morning where each Sunday School class will study the same biblical characters from the family of Jesus. And then each Sunday after Sunday School the sermon for that day will focus on the same characters.
We will look at Elizabeth, who was a relative of Mary, and her husband Zechariah. We will look at their son, John, who became the forerunner of Jesus. We will study Joseph – while not biologically the father of Jesus he raised the Christ child as his own son. And finally, we look at Mary, the young woman whose life was turned upside down so that the son of God would be born in Bethlehem.
The schedule is as follows:
December 2 – Elizabeth & Zechariah
December 9 – John the Baptizer
December 16 – Joseph
December 23 – Mary
Please be in prayer for our church and the whole world as we seek to learn from the family of Jesus. May our own Advent and Christmas be more special than ever before.
Have a blessed Advent season and a Merry Christmas,
From the Pastor's Desk 2018
From the Pastor's 2017