"You are the light of the world.  In the same way, let your light shine before others,so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven."- Matthew 5:14,16


“I will not leave you orphaned.”            John 14:18a

 As I reflect upon the doctrine of the Lord of Life coming into human history, I return each year to Truman Capote’s short story “A Christmas Memory.”

In the story, a boy about eight years old prepares for Christmas by helping his great aunt Sook, with whom he lives, gather ingredients and make fruitcakes to give to  their friends and loved ones.  They live in a time of scarcity.  They live in a home of abundant love.  She calls him Buddy, in honor of her childhood friend of that name, who died decades ago.  She has taken the boy into her simple home because his parents were unable to care for him.  He is an orphan, but she has made him her own.  He says she is his best friend, and I believe him. 

If you don’t know this 30 page story, I recommend you check it out of your library or download it onto your reader.  Mine is the 1996 Modern Library edition.

The promise in John 14:18a is Jesus’  promise, at the end of his life, to his closest followers, who were anxious about his impending death.  I suggest that Advent is a season that begs us to reflect upon the entire ministry of Jesus, not just his birth.

And I suggest that the Lord’s Spirit takes human form, is incarnate, again and again and again, when one human steps up to another, to keep one of Jesus’  promises to that other person.  Have you had that experience?  Has someone embodied the Spirit of Jesus, for you?  Do you suppose God’s incarnation continues, again, and again, and again?

O Spirit we cannot see.  O God we know best through Jesus of Nazareth.  Use us, Lord, use brothers and sisters to keep the promises he made so long ago.  Open the eyes of our hearts, Lord, as we see the orphan, as we see the lost, as we see the anxious, and see our opportunity to escort them into abundant living, as our Lord promised.  Amen


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Rev. Art Gatewood,

Sunday December 4, 2016

Sermon:   The First Witness  Advent II                       
Scripture:  John 1:19-34                  
Sunday School  10:00am


   This Advent come join us on Sunday mornings from 9:45am to 10:45am as we study “Travel the Highways of Advent”.   

   In our everyday lives we tend to look ahead at our destination and forget about the many pathways there are along the way. In our Christian lives we tend to do the same thing during Advent. In his book, Stan Purdum invites us to slow down and look at the many ways God comes to us, and us to God between the First Sunday of Advent and Christmas Day. 

Mary Mena and Chuck will be leading this class which will meet in the large Sunday school classroom beginning on Sunday, November 27th. Each Sunday of Advent and Christmas Day (which is on Sunday this year) there will be a lesson based on key Scriptures, a time for reflection, questions for thought and discussion, a brief prayer, and a focus for the coming week. Make plans to attend this Advent Study and you may find that this Christmas you have encountered God at every turn along the way.