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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Pastor's Wednesday Message

   American popular culture, increasingly unchurchy, denies most people knowledge of what "Advent" is.  Do a web search on the term "Advent" and you get as many hits for business firms as you do for a season of the church year.  Even many Christians in non-liturgical churches don't have a clue.  But for those of us who are Lutheran or Catholic, or come from other mainline churches, Advent is that special season of the church year when we look for the coming of Christ.  Practically, that means getting ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas.  But Advent is really more about Jesus' second coming than his first.

    Is Jesus really going to come again? We say we believe it will happen.  We confess: "He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end."  (Nicene Creed)  When will that day come?  If the gospel stories are right, it will happen when we least expect it.  That's really inconvenient.  Unlike earlier generations, we get grumpy when guests drop in without calling or texting first.  We've probably got our week all planned out, scheduled full.  If Jesus is going to come again, he'd be well advised to arrange a meeting with us in advance.  Otherwise he might not find us at home or be able to track us down at all.  We'd already be on the move to another meeting.

    Advent, traditionally, is a penitential season turning our attention toward God.  We pray and meditate, anticipating an upsurge of mystery.  We wait and wonder what God is up to in our lives.  Will Jesus come again?  Maybe.  While waiting to find out, we look deeply to see other ways in which God may be approaching.  Do you have time for that?  While you're waiting for a meeting to start, abscond with God for a few moments and pose this question to the One who waits with you: "What next?"

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Lessons for Sunday, December 6th
Malachi 3:1-4
Philippians 1:3-11
Luke 3:1-6

THIS WEEK

Wednesday  9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool/chapel
                    10:00 a Bible Study
                     5:30 p Advent soup/bread supper potluck
                     6:00 p Advent Discussion
                     6:30 p Holden Evening Prayer service
                     7:00 p SOV Choir rehearsal

Thursday      9:00 - 1:00 p KOK Preschool
                    6:30 p Men's Night at Reedville Cafe (please note location change)
                    7:00 p LLL

Friday         9:00 - 12:00 p KOK Preschool
                   1:00 - 9:00 p Palmeter Piano Studio

Saturday    10:00 - 11:30 a SOV Choir rehearsal

Sunday       8:30 & 11:00 a Worship Second Sunday of Advent

Wednesdays in Advent
        December 9th, and 16th
             5:30 pm   Potluck Soup & Bread  Supper
             6:00 pm  Advent Devotion
                Advent Supper activities.  Adult Discussion: Cutting through the Clutter of Commercialism to Connect with True                    Christmas.
               Kids:Advent calendars, Advent crossword puzzle, Christmas story coloring.
             6:30 pm  Holden Evening Prayer (misprinted in the bulletin it should be 6:30 not 7:00 pm)