First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 2, 2021 in which We Seek Hope
Scripture Reading: Luke 1:26-38
Worship and Reflection Message: Rev. Stacy L. Thomas
Liturgist: Rev. Susan Brecht
Tech Team: Sean Baker (Slide Show) and Brian Thulin (Recorder)
Music: Susan Richter, Joan Thompson
Deacon of the Day: Ann Smith
On Sunday, we enter into a new Church Season – Advent – and a new Church Year. In the Christian calendar, the new year begins on the First Sunday of Advent. With a new season and a new year, there is much anticipation combined with much hope and much wonder. Advent, with its announcement of something new stirring in the air, something different, something special, whirling in the wind, reminds us that it’s time to get ready! Look! Listen! Do you sense it?
This year, I invite you to take time to slow down, to rest, to reflect. Take time to pause and wonder. Take time to light candles, listen to the stories of long-ago – and today. Step outside in the crisp night air, gaze at the stars in the sky, take in the changing stages of the moon. Listen to your soul and your spirit. Take time to remember and hold your memories close in your heart. Take time to reflect, pray, meditate, in whatever ways nourish your spirit. Take time to breathe – to breathe in the breath of God, to breathe in hope; to breathe in peace; to breathe in joy, to breathe in love. Take time, without regret, without fear, without shame, without guilt, to take time, simply to be.
We begin this Advent with the story of the angel’s surprising, shocking, confusing announcement to Mary. We light the Advent Candle of Hope.
We light the Chanukah Menorah – which is also a symbol of hope, surprise, wonder, and amazement.
We remember that God is such a God who surprised the people of God throughout history – and continues to surprise us today.
How is God surprising you?
Where are you finding Hope?
Join us on Sunday and throughout the Season of Advent as we seek, ponder, wonder, and wait together.
Toward Embracing Abundant Life, Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love Together,
Here is the Zoom Information:
Worship begins at 10:00 AM.
Topic: Sunday Morning Worship Gathering in the Midst
Time: Sundays 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 897 8769 2192
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