O come, thou Dayspring, come and cheer
Our spirits by thine advent here:
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.
Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel!
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
Latin, c. 12th century
It is hard to imagine better words than this to begin the season of Advent. Our hope is in the God who is here and who promises to come on the final day. Our rejoicing this Advent and Christmas is tied to God’s whole story, from its beginning in the Messiah to end.
I rejoice this season for the ways I see Christ coming here in our midst:
for the life of Gladys Gaston, and her faithful witness to God’s love and grace for 93 years; for the new life of Alejandro and France’s new baby and the incredible miracle he is; for the upcoming blended service this Sunday, with Communion and a meal together with everyone; for the Parents & Tots group sending care packages to students and those in prison; for the arrival and settling in of Danielle Pierre, our full-time Children and Youth Director; for the good news and affirmation of the lives of Virginia Bell and Jim Murray, being awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; for Rob Pemberton, raised up by God to lead a third worship band for the 11:30 service; for Eudora, the grader 5er who played Djembe there and Katie, Kim and Hannah too; for the small group who meet weekly at the Heusers for prayer and study; for the opportunity to give thanks for the strong ministry of Principal John Vissers, preaching December 16th; for the more than $24,000 we’ve given to mission already this year; for the blessing to parents and 26 children in the community of the PED Day Camp last week; for the worship and witness of this community; for the grace of God in Jesus.
May each of us know the presence of Jesus in our lives this season, and the hope of the world to come.
Grace and peace,