Community in Action December 10, 2020

    I am disappointed that we are not having Outdoor Worship this Sunday. It has been just great venue with the sun, birds, and people in the courtyard. Jerry and his crew (various sound operators and camera people) make sure we move through the service with minor interruptions. I have been able not only to share inspired thoughts about the biblical passages, but enjoyed the singing, behind masks of course, and waving at each other during the passing of the peace.

    This Sunday we will have with virtual worship on Facebook Live. We will have a live crew in the Sanctuary leading, but we will also have a few videos for our Prelude, Advent Candle Lighting, Passing the Peace, Scripture Reading, and Christmas Pageant.

    That is correct. We will have a Christmas Pageant with the kids and youth teaching us the Christmas story. This will feature numerous actors, some with academy award winning roles. The traveling videographer has made her rounds and she is eliciting the expertise of BPEC, the Becky Polcyn Editing Company.

    I will be preaching about “Following the Star” with Mary as the main character from this story forever told. I find it interesting that Mary was chosen to serve God in this special way, since most of the other models of women in the bible were more experienced in years and spiritual maturity.

    I am excited about hearing this familiar story with fresh ears and eyes during a time which causes us to long for the familiar. We will sing some of the familiar songs and hear some new ones. This new venture just adds to our cache of memories about Advent 2020.

    What is it you long for this advent season? What do you miss? What new thing have you begun which you can carry into 2021 to enrich your spiritual life?

    I have missed the gathering of people singing together and sharing delectable tidbits after church or an event. But I have learned to be grateful when I can have a long conversation on the phone from a person I have missed over the past few months. I am also thankful when I have a chance meeting running errands, which ends up being an uplifting time together. I have learned about being more patient waiting in line and learning how to substitute items needed at home because I forgot the thing I went to the store for in the first place.

    For 2021 will be sure to take time for more outdoor exercise and explore new places to hike as I revel in God’s creation. In 2021 I will be sure to visit my family in person more consistently than the past few years and I will cherish the moments when we play together.

    It is okay to be disappointed when our expectations aren’t fulfilled, for it gives us a place to start, but we aren’t left in our disappointment. We instead find a new way of doing things and we learn to savor those moments when the unexpected brings a new kind of fulfillment.

    “Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. This is the phrase that pops into my mind as we continue this difficult road of COVID. God is with us and God continues to lead us.

    Looking forward to wherever God leads us,

    Pastor Randy

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