November 21, 2017: Thanksgiving and Advent

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Rodney Whitfield

Thanksgiving is here and I am so thankful! I am thankful for the opportunities to be with people, to share stories, to celebrate marriage, birth and even deaths. I am thankful for the honor to be invited into the tough places of life. I am thankful for a family that loves me in spite of my faults, mistakes and shortcomings. I am thankful for life, for laughter and tears. I am thankful for leaders who walk this journey of making disciples, who encourage, correct, love, challenge and sacrifice so that together we might fulfill God’s mission here in our community. I am thankful. So as I eat meals during my thanksgiving travels, I will be giving thanks and lifting you up in my prayers, and I hope you will continue to lift me up in your prayers, so that we might all be encouraged and empowered by the Holy Spirit to live our faith in our daily life.

As the month comes to a close, I encourage you to keep writing in your gratitude journals, but invite you to shift your thoughts towards the season of Advent — writing down each day what you are thankful for, but also what you are anticipating or waiting for from God.

During Advent, we prepare for, and anticipate, the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing and need for forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.

  • What are you longing for?
  • What are you in need of?

This Sunday we begin a new Sermon Series called Faithful. We will also begin a small group study based upon Adam Hamilton’s book by the same name at 9:00 a.m. Children and youth are also using this material.

Over the weeks leading up to Christmas, we will explore the Christmas story through the eyes of Joseph. He is a man who is mostly overlooked and very seldom talked about. Yet he played a very important role as the earthly father of Jesus. Who is Joseph? Come and see, study, and prepare your hearts for Christmas with us.

Happy Thanksgiving!