I wanted to take a moment to invite everyone to both the 9am and 11am worship services this coming Sunday.
In the 9am service we will be continuing with our Advent series entitled: Who? When? Where? What? Why? We will be taking a look at the question of What?
In the 11am service our Chancel Choir will be performing their Christmas Cantata. I know that it will be a great service of worship and praise as we continue to wait for the coming of the Christ.
I hope to see you Sunday at both 9am and 11am for this wonderful day of worship.
Another day, another darkness has fallen. The events of yesterday’s two mass shootings (yes there were two yesterday) darken the skies around us. It’s a bit unnerving this time of year. Advent is itself a time for darkness, a time for us to realize the need for the Light to come and to shine forth in our world. So we wait patiently for this light, we wait for it to come and to fill us with hope.
I have this flashlight. I carry it in my truck everywhere that I go. It is blindingly bright. Bright enough to light up the darkest corner of the darkest room. It’s not very big; it fits in my pocket, and yet the brightness of this tiny little light is amazing. The light doesn’t come from me; it comes from somewhere else, but I am able to use it, to wield it.
You see we are waiting on the light. We are waiting patiently, O so patiently, for this light to enter into our world and to cast out the darkness. It’s true that this light can only come from God but God so often uses tools to make God’s work occur. The thing about these tools is that they are so often you and I.
So I wonder if its possible, maybe, for God to wield us as lights? I wonder if God could shine through us and into the darkest and deepest corners of our world? I wonder if God might be calling us, not to simply wait, but instead to point to the places of darkness and drive them out with the Light?
This week I am away for a few days at a leadership training retreat. The retreat is being held at the Pinehurst Resort. While sitting in the lobby on Monday talking with my peer group, I happened to see several young gentleman walk through carrying golf clubs. Now usually there wouldn’t be anything out of the ordinary about this, after all, this is a golf resort. But all of these bags were the same. They all had VGA written across the face of them.
This week the Veterans Golf Association is holding their 2015 Championships here in Pinehurst. Seeing these brave men and women has reminded me to not only lift up my prayers to all those who have served or are currently serving but to also take a few minutes to thank them for making so many sacrifices on behalf of our nation.
To all those who have served, who have given of their selves, thank you for your service.
It’s hard to believe that the first week of November is almost gone. As I sit here watching it rain, and watching the leaves pile up in the front yard, I can’t help but to think about how fast time seems to move. The older I get the faster life seems to come, and from what I hear that will continue.
And yet there is something beautiful in that isn’t there? There’s something comforting in the fact that today will not always be and that tomorrow will soon come. There’s something hopeful in the fading of the old and the budding of the new.
This is the same hope that God has gifted to us. The hope that time will move forward, that today will not always be, that tomorrow will come, and that as the old passes, new will surely follow.