The Advent season begins Sunday, Nov.29, 2015

The Advent season begins Sunday, Nov.29, 2015
The symbol of Advent is the evergreen wreath – a circle that has no ending and no beginning. This represents for us eternal life. On the wreath are four candles, which reminds us that Jesus is the light of the world. Each week, one of our families will light a new candle on the wreath and explain the meaning of their candle, and lead us in prayer. One candle is lit the first week (11/29), two candles the second (12/6), three candles the third (12/13), and all four candles the fourth week (12/20). On Christmas Eve, the end of Advent, we will light all four candles plus the Christ Candle in the middle. Each week, the light grows a little brighter, reminding us that the light that is Christ grows stronger every year as we await his return on the Last Day! We invite you and your family and friends to come and experience the joy of Advent as we wait in anticipation of that glorious day!

Moon Gazing

I opened the front door and stepped outside. It was a beautiful, fall morning. Everything was wet with dew, and the air was cool. I took a deep breath, and my eyes were drawn upwards, to where the moon, still bright with reflected light, was heading off to the west to shine on someone else’s world for a while. It was huge! A Super Moon, as it has been called. I thought about our narrow escape the night before. As we drove back from Tybee Island, it was grey and rainy, but we could see the tide, inching up to the shoulder of the road, moving in like a cool, white ghost to hover over the marsh. By morning, the road was covered with water, impassible, and people on the island had to call in to work and cancel appointments and plans for the day. There is nothing in the world that makes you feel as small as when Mother Nature yawns, and stretches and rolls over in bed, and the earth shakes, the waters rage and foam, and there is nothing a mere human can do about it but ride it out.

I stood under that enormous moon and the words of Psalm 8:3 came to me. “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established, what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? “ And I felt very small indeed. And, yet, the real wonder of it all is that God does care for us! God knit us together, knew us before we were even born, and knows each of us so well that he even knows the number of hairs on our heads! God has made us just a little lower than the angels, and has put us in charge of this vast creation called Earth. And, as I thought of the awesome responsibility and the trust God has placed in you and in me, suddenly, I didn’t feel small, at all!

Maybe it was the gravitational pull of that moon, but suddenly, my ordinary day seemed full of possibilities, and I felt energized in a way I hadn’t in weeks! I grabbed my briefcase, and headed out for the day, ready to see what God and I would accomplish by the time that Super Moon came up again on the other side of my world. And, I thanked God for blessing me with a snapshot of the bigger picture of his mission for the world, and my place in it. May God bless your ministry as well!

Pastor Barb <><