Sunday, 02 December 2018 00:00

December 2018

Message from the Pastor

One of the literature books I read in school was “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. I hope some of us might have seen the movie as well. The story revolves around Ebenezer Scrooge, a heartless money lender who hates all things Christmas. He hates the songs, the decorations, the goodwill and the tidings of great joy. The story goes on to tell of brokenness, sadness and misery of the man Scrooge.

Then Ebenezer Scrooge was visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future. Scrooge was filled with suspicion, distrust and cynicism that he was not able to experience the joy of Christmas until he was freed from that bondage.

Like the character of Scrooge we are also broken in some way. We live in a broken world and many times we also cannot find our way to enjoy the warmth of Christmas for many reasons. That is why we need the Season of Advent. Advent is the four Sundays before Christmas. It is a season of expectation and waiting. It is an expectation of the Christ Child who brings us the good news of great joy. It is the advent of the Christ Child into our broken world.

Therefore, we can rejoice despite the brokenness or sadness we might feel. We can find hope to live each day. The reason for this hope and joy is not from us. It is because of our Savior Jesus Christ. The key is for us to try in the midst of all the hustle and bustle, all the mad rush for the things we need, to also keep our focus on Jesus.

So many opportunities exist in our congregation to enjoy the season of Advent and Christmas. So join us for the celebration of the festivities. This Advent we will learn about the Miracle of Christmas. During our four Sundays in Advent I will be teaching an Advent Series: Miracle of the Moment, Miracle of the Message, Miracle of the Method, and the Miracle of the Manger.

Starting December 2 from 3pm to 6pm we have the Silent Auction and Christmas Concert. We also have the free Christmas Dinner on December 9th from 1pm to 3pm. We have the Christmas Cantata December 23rd at 11am and our Christmas Eve Services at 7 pm (Family Service) and 11 pm (Candlelight with Holy Communion).

While we celebrate there are so many people who may not have what it takes to fulfill their Christmas Wish. We can all help spread the Christmas love, bring goodness to those who need it. You can donate food to our ecumenical Food Pantry that helps feed the hungry folks in our community.

You can buy a gift for a child from our Angel Tree, a child who might not have anything for Christmas because their parents can’t afford it. Like Ebenezer who became the greatest supporter of good causes around Christmas after he was redeemed, we can all play a role in spreading the warmth of Christmas in this cold world. I hope to watch that movie again! Lamentations 3:21-24 says, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion, “ says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”

Wishing you a blessed Advent and Joyful Christmas. May the season of Advent bring you hope and joy because the Savior is born.

Blessings and Peace,

Pastor Kofi

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