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That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”
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And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”
(2 Cor. 3:14)

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Message From the Pastor
December 2019

While there are many today who suppose their past determines our future,  Advent, which begins on December 1st, reminds us that it is our future that determines our future.   While Christ’s return and reign is anchored in the past (Christ’s death and resurrection), it is God’s future, guaranteed by the gift of the Spirit, that decides our future and gives
shape to our present.
      Theologians resort to metaphor to express the mystery of Advent.  In Advent we are like miners buried alive who hear a rescuer making his way to us.   We are like children shaking the packages that have been placed beneath the Christmas tree.  Advent is like a mother feeling a child growing with her, the one who has been waiting for her her whole life long, and the one she learns to know
while waiting.
In Advent, we proclaim that the kingdom of God is already present and is yet to come.   Yet, it is often our experience that we stand not so much in the both/and, but precariously in the disjunctive gap between the already and the not yet.  In such times, our world and our confession of Christ’s sovereignty in and over the world may not seem in sync.  Our faith tells us that Christ is Lord, his kingdom has begun, and the world really has changed with his coming.  But our experience may tell us that the principalities and powers still have the upper hand.   Our faith tells us of a God who makes all things new. Yet we are painfully aware of all those places in our lives and in our world where God’s newness is not yet visible.
And so we become fearful. Our fear presents sometimes as sorrow and grief, sometimes as confusion, and sometimes simply as stuckness.  In our anxiety, we tend to demand certainty while sacrificing curiosity. We slip into all-or-nothing thinking.  We find ourselves tempted by quick fixes and when they are unavailable, we may find ourselves getting angry and defensive.  We may notice ourselves stiffening our positions over and against others, and tightening our perspective.  In the grip of fear, we lose our ability to hear without distortion and our capacity to respond graciously to those who see God’s world differently than we do.
My Advent prayer is that we will be led to a growing inner stillness that allows us to recognize that He for whom we are waiting has already arrived and speaks to us even now in the silence of our hearts.  As we engage in Advent practices of prayer and meditation, and begin to seek our kneeling places in Bethlehem, may Jesus be reborn in our lives slowly and steadily, and be received as the One we come to know even or especially while waiting.  If our experience of the gap between the already and the not yet, between experience and expectation, has brought to the threshold of fear, let us raise our eyes toward Jesus who awaits us on the other side and who tells us always, “Be not afraid.”

See you in church, Pastor Fred

 

PASTOR FRED'S SERMONS

Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2010-11
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2012
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2013
Pastor Fred's Sermon Archive 2014

Sunday Bulletin Archive 2015
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2016
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2017
Sunday Bulletin Archive 2018

 
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Christmas Eve 12.24.18 Bulletin 12.30.18
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