It’s Friday and Sunday’s Comin’!

Dear Friends, 

Last Sunday in his sermon Jay Hancock blessed us with a better understanding of the Advent season and a reminder of some important Advent practices that can enrich and deepen our experience of Advent and Christmas.  From darkness to light — each week a candle is lit — first one, then two, then three, then four — symbolizing the light growing stronger as we get ready for the coming of Christ. 

Get ready with your own Advent wreath or circle of candles so that we can light them together in worship online.  

As we begin the season of Advent we will focus on the theme “I Believe Even When.”  Even when bad things happen or life is difficult, we believe important truths about who God is and what God’s grace and truth means for our lives. We believe God is with us even when we feel alone. We will be exploring those truths in worship and also in the Advent Film Festival which is ongoing. 

On the first Sunday of Advent we will light the candle of hope. What does hope look like when fear is strong? What does hope look like when everything feels like an uphill battle?  What does hope look like when the bad guys seem to be winning? I believe in hope even when I see bad things happening.

What about you?  How would you complete this sentence: 

I believe ______________________________ even when _____________________________________________. 

Pastor Mary