|A group of 1st graders were doing their own version of the nativity. It turned out to be much more modern than the traditional drama. Yes, there were the familiar members of the cast: Joseph, the shepherds, some animals, and even an angel. But Mary was nowhere to been seen. Suddenly from behind some bales of hay could be heard some soft moans and groans. Evidently Mary was in labor! Soon a doctor arrived dressed in a white coat with a stethoscope around his neck. Joseph, with a look of relief on his face, takes the doctor straight to Mary, then returns to the stage and starts pacing nervously back and forth. After a few moments the “doctor” emerges with a big smile on his face. “Congratulations, Joseph,” he says, “It’s a God!”
This past weekend we were reminded of the Advent truth that in unlikely times, in unlikely ways, and often through unlikely people, God comes to break into our lives. How is God breaking into your life this week? Through a voice from the past, a new friend? Through a word of forgiveness or encouragement? Through a challenge waiting to become an opportunity? What ever the case, may we open our ears, eyes, and hearts as we pray the Advent prayer: “Stir up you power, Lord Christ, and come!”
This next weekend, the Word of God will come to us through our own Sunday School Children, as they share the Christmas pageant “Who’s Inside, Who’s Outside?” Don’t miss this special offering of worship from the youngest among us!
As our congregation moves from 2017 to 2018, our grateful thanks for the 118 financial pledges to our shared ministry in the new year. Hopeful that many others are still planning on partnering with commitments of support, please know that pledge cards are available in the Narthex at church each week. Or, you can make a commitment by setting up a recurring offering at oursaviorelca.com. God bless you through all your offerings and commitments in this season of sharing the joy of Christ’s coming!