Luke wrote "....many have undertaken to set down an orderly account...."
Whoa! Is what I want to say. But it wouldn't do any good. Thanksgiving flew by, along with the first Sunday of Advent. And before Wednesday evening worship comes the sanctuary will be decorated for Christmas. Time rolls, sometimes seems to fly by. It won't be stopped, and the "whoa" that I want to shout won't mean diddly.
So I look forward to the rolling. Haven't been here for "this" before, but have been through the time before. Guessing that the church decorating will be messy and chaotic at times, and there will be laughter and warmth as well. Worship on Wednesday evening will be preceded by soup, noise, conversation, and more laughter. And worship itself will be about taking in the whole thing, not slowing it down, or even hoping to, but enjoying the chance to observe the richness.
Life will not slow down. It will be filled with grins and tears. There will always be that one constant, which is why we gather and do all this stuff in the first place (whether we always remember it or not). The Christ is on the way. Breathe deep. May we take in all that we can, just don't count on it being "orderly". There are always surprises in store in the midst of the constant promise.
"All powerful and unseen God, the coming of your light into our world has brightened weary hearts with peace. Call us out of darkness, and empower us to proclaim the birth of your Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen."
This evening; Advent Soup - Supper 5:30 pm
Joyous Light evening worship 6:30 pm
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