Putting Light Into the Darkness – Weekly Update

Plunging into darkness. That is how we sometimes feel about society, about our world and the age we live in. After witnessing over media the most recent mass shooting in neighboring San Bernardino we find ourselves lost in the perplexing nature of humanity and conflict. As the days grow shorter and hearts grow colder we feel darkness encroaching as if it wants swallow us whole. But…

But, we are the people of hope, we are the keepers of light, the messengers of repentance and forgiveness. Our Christmas gift to the world is the light of faith in Jesus Christ, the joy and warmth of fellowship, the compassion of service that drives out the darkness and illuminates our lives.  The darkness cannot and will not have the last word.

This Sunday we will take time from our busy schedules to pause and worship a God whose love knows no bounds, a God who walks with us in darkness and calls us into the light, a God who grieves with us and offers healing for our brokenness.  This Sunday we will celebrate our communion with one another as we are witnesses to Baptism and are invited to the table of our Lord’s Supper.  We will hear the words of the Prophet John the Baptist calling us into the wilderness places as grace is poured over us through forgiveness.

On Sunday evening we have another opportunity to rejoice in our faith as our spirits are raised through music and song at our “Miracle of Christmas” concert, this Sunday, December 6 beginning at 5:00 PM.  I got a sneak peak at the program and I know you will be filled with inspiration and awe. Following the concert is a time of fellowship and our COOKIE CONTEST!  Bring a plate of your winners to share. This is one of the best ways to reach out to your neighbors and invite them to a warm and welcoming evening.

During Advent we have moved our Tuesday evening “Church in the Wild” Sips, Snacks and Study to the Clubhouse at the Anaheim Hills Golf Course.  We gather each week at 5:30 PM to explore the scripture lessons for the following Sunday’s worship.  Also, make some time to arrive early to worship to experience our Pre-Game Advent Prayer and Reflection stations.

Poinsettias for Christmas Eve worship the sanctuary may be reserved this year for $10 per plant.  Make your reservations online beginning December 9 or through our worship bulletins.

 

In His Service,

Rev. Lissa Smith

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