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Thoughts as Advent Begins

December 4, 2018

This Sunday we enter into the rhythm of sacred time once again as the Advent season begins.  Some people view the Church Year as little more than a repetitive exercise, as if one were walking around a track, completing a lap, and starting again in order to walk the same piece of ground with only the date being changed.  Such a view is quite short-sighted.  I'm reminded of what our dear friend Lois Lindbloom told me once when speaking of the Christian Year.  She said:  "Rather than merely going around in a circle, each new year provides us the opportunity to travel in a spiral that goes ever deeper into the heart of our faith."  
 
Lois was right.  Marking time through the Church Year provides us the opportunity for deepening our conversion, which is one of the themes I will focus on during the Advent sermons.  Two additional themes will be to help us experience the season as a period of grace-filled waiting, and to discover a renewed sense of hope.  
 
The Anglican poet Malcolm Guite may help us as we prepare to start our Advent journey:
 
Tangled in time, we go by hints and guesses,
Turning the wheel of each returning year.
But in the midst of failures and successes
We sometimes glimpse the love that casts out fear.
Sometimes the heart remembers its own reasons
And beats a Sanctus as we sing our story,
Tracing the threads of grace, sounding the seasons
That lead at last through time to timeless glory.
From the first yearning for a Savior's birth
To the full joy of knowing sins forgiven,
We start our journey here on God's good earth
To catch an echo of the choirs of heaven.
 
As I indicated last Sunday during Afterword, the beginning of the new church year is a good time to be reminded that the sanctuary is sacred space.  Please be sensitive to noise in the narthex.  The parish hall is a great spot to have friendly conversations with one another, and the sanctuary is the place to converse with God and to quiet your hearts and listen to God.  
 
May the blessing of the Christ who comes to us be with us all in this holy season.
 
Pastor Thelander

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Luke 1:78-79

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Dec 16: Zephaniah 3:14-20, Psalm 85, Philippians 4:4-9, Luke 3:7-18

Dec 9: Isaiah 40:1-11, Psalm 126, Philippians 1:1-11, Luke 3:1-6

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