Come, Immanuel, and be with us!
Soon we will see the birth of our Savior. Soon we will see God is with us. I love the anticipation of Advent. The knowledge that God the Son is coming to be one of us overwhelms me in my heart and in my body. Jesus sets me free simply by being with me. His healing touch calms me and lifts me up from the darkness I fall into. Now, living my life by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, I worship and enjoy the gifts of family and friends and strangers, the little sacraments and signs of the presence of God. Advent is the promise of the God who comes to be with us, the God who is present in our sisters and brothers.
January is approaching quickly, and my family and I will be off to Japan. I will still be with you. You can write to me and I will respond. Also, I intend to keep up with my weekly reflections, which I will send to Katie to get them to you all. So we will not be far apart.
Come worship on Wednesday evenings through Advent, 5:30pm. We will sing Ray Makeever’s Joyous Light as we await the birth of our God.
We will finish our series of volunteer opportunity events after church on December 9th. There are wonderful opportunities to assist with the liturgy and easy ways to contribute to the life of our community. Please join us to learn more about the ministries of the church. We would love to see you with us.
We will be collaborating with First Lutheran and Good Shepherd on a Quiet Christmas worship service. Many of us have experienced loss that can make the celebration of the holidays difficult. Our Quiet Christmas service is a chance to worship our God and acknowledge our hurt at the same time. The service is tentatively set for 6:30pm Sunday evening, December 23rd. We will gather at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Houghton.
We are looking for a few adults to supervise the nursery during our worship. The supervisors do not need to be in the room, but should be available to the kids who are volunteering to monitor the nursery if the monitors need guidance or assistance. Your assistance will help make it possible for our parents to share in worship with us. Let me know if you are interested in helping out or learning more.
Do you have dreams for our church? Have you had an idea you wish you could try out on ourcongregation? Talk to me. Grace is your church. Let’s make it what you need it to be.
As always, I am here for you and want to hear from you. Drop by my office, grab me after church or stopme at Walmart… I look forward to talking with you.
With faith and hope and love,