What is peace? Is it something you have? Is it something you make? Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Peace is not the abscence of conflict, but the presence of justice." We live in a time of great conflict between order and chaos. In some ways we always have. Consider what you might do today that responds to conflict in a way that creates space for justice - not for judgement, but for fair and equal treatment of all.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. John 14:27
So much of our lives happen without anyone noticing. So much of the day goes by without us noticing the beauty in each moment, in each breath, in every chance interaction with another soul. Take time to notice things today. Make note of the silly and the serious, the ridiculous and the sublime. Find your place in that spectrum, for "The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it."
For the word of the Lord is upright,
and all his work is done in faithfulness.
He loves righteousness and justice;
the earth is full of the steadfast love of the Lord.
Greetings! Attached is a copy of our Advent Worship Book. [It says "download sermon," but trust me. It's a worship book.] It has the prayers, music, and readings that we will use in worship leading up to Christmas - including our Advent service of lessons and music - as well as some resources for personal reflection. Feel free to download it to your phone or tablet. Print copies are also available in our sanctuary. The material in this Advent Worship Book may be used for worship and personal study, is covered under the Creative Commons Liscence, and may not be sold or reproduced for profit. Please share it with someone else and invite them to church as we prepare for the coming of the Lord this Christmas!
Wishing you a Peaceful Advent and a Merry Christmas!
Communities Uniting in Prayer and Service (C.U.P.S.) is our partner in ministry that helps us care for those needs that others neglect. One of our mutual ministries is the production of 2k+ gift baskets for children and families at Christmas, Easter and for certain birthdays in partnership with tutoring and special needs groups. Gift Baskets are distributed through C.U.P.S. (298-9968).
All of this is made possible through the work of many people, and we lovingly call them our C.U.P.S. Elves. The tasks are many as we prepare for our upcoming Christmas distribution. Helper "Elves" are needed Wednesdays and Fridays from 9-12 and Sundays from 2-5.