December 2018

Dear Church Family,

We didn’t walk into a bar. But I did meet a rabbi, a Catholic deacon, an Episcopalian priest and a Presbyterian pastor. Our conversation was peppered with questions about names for God, interpretations of Scripture and expectations for worship. Finding commonality in our desire as faith leaders for unity, we designed a Thanksgiving gathering that provided an opportunity for our faith communities to celebrate our similarities with music, prayer and reflections. Thank you to all who attended this gathering on the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving. Hopefully this becomes a yearly tradition that strengthens our relationships as people of faith.

Now we begin the season of Advent as we prepare to celebrate Jesus’ birth on Christmas Eve. While we seek comfort and cheer in familiar traditions, I will preach on Sunday mornings about “Strange Encounters” that are described at the beginning of the Gospel of Luke. As we remember how God worked through these unexpected moments, we can look for God’s movement in our own lives as we dare to hope, put love into action, express joy and walk in the way of peace.

Please invite your family and friends to worship this month. We have twelve unique worship services planned before Christmas Day: Sunday mornings in the sanctuary; Sunday evenings out in the community; a Quiet Christmas Service of Remembrance and Hope; and Christmas Eve Services at 4pm, 7pm and 11pm.

I’m praying that this sacred season is meaningful for you and your loved ones.

Rev. Pastor Heather