The season of Advent is one of the loveliest in the church year, especially here at St. James’, and I am wishing you a Spirit-filled December. Here are some thoughts for you to consider in the midst of this hectic month…
• Come to church! Amid all the busy-ness in December, remember to come and experience the beauty, anticipation and joy of worship in Advent. And invite your friends.
• Focus on the Christ child. Remember, Christmas is not your birthday, or the birthday of your family and friends. This thought helps us put the holiday madness in perspective. How are you focusing most of all on anticipating and honoring Jesus’ birth?
• Consider pledging to St. James by the end of the year. We give where our hearts live. Show how you love and value life here at St. James by committing to a financial gift for 2019.
• Say it with flowers. You can order Christmas poinsettias for display at church on Christmas in honor and thanksgiving for loved ones.
• Be especially patient and kind to yourself and others. If the coming of Christmas causes you sadness, you are not alone. For many people, this is a difficult time of the year, stirring memories of difficult times and loved ones lost. If you are feeling vulnerable because of past pain, try reaching out in kindness to others.
• Serve. Our food pantry and soup kitchen volunteers will welcome you to join in our extraordinary food ministry.
And may the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your heart and mind in the knowledge of God and of his Son Jesus Christ.
Peace and Advent blessings,
“Most holy God, the source of all good desires, all right judgments, and all just works: Give to us, your servants, that peace which the world cannot give, so that our minds may be fixed on the doing of your will, and that we, being delivered from the fear of all enemies, may live in peace and quietness; through the mercies of Christ Jesus our Savior. Amen.”