Sunday, November 29, 2015
Scripture: John 8:12-19 "I Am the Light"
Ok, now. NOW you can listen to holiday music, deck the halls, hang the lights, and let the baking frenzy begin.
It feels like a fight, most years, to enjoy fall and let Thanksgiving be its own special occasion. It feels, instead, like all the other holidays serve merely as a springboard into the BIG one, the real one, the finish line. Of course, the commercial world has its own motivations for rolling out the Rudolph earlier and earlier each year. The sooner they can get us in the spirit—the shopping spirit, that is—the better their bottom line will be, come December 31.
But there’s more going on than just a mad rush into the retail season. If it feels like everybody’s in a hurry to light the tree and sing White Christmas, maybe that just reflects a deeper longing of the spirit; a hope that something new will be born among us, and bring some light to the creeping darkness of suffering in the world.
The Prophets tell us that a light will shine in the wilderness; and Jesus himself said “I Am the Light.” So we’re starting there, this first week of Advent. We’ll spend these next 4 weeks thinking about how we are “Keeping the Light” as people of faith. We’ll think about how we embody the love of Christ to welcome the stranger; bring joy to those in need; connect with friends and family; and speak peace to the violence all around.
It’s a long journey to Bethlehem. But there are lights on the path… The lights of community, family, worship and service to guide us along the way. Come Sunday and we’ll all head that way together. We might sing some Jingle Bells as we go…
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Saint Andrew Christian Church is a shalom community; a gathered people, seeking God’s peace, justice, healing, and wholeness in every part of our lives and world.
Celebrating our diversity, rejoicing in our unity, we welcome and affirm all children of God of any color, class, sexual orientation, age, gender, ability, or thought.
As members of the family of God, we share our beliefs, doubts, struggles, and growth.
Recipients of God’s boundless grace, forgiveness, and love, we in turn offer our gifts and invite the fellowship, gifts, leadership, and spirit of all who share God’s passion for shalom.
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