Notes from the Pastor: December 2018

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Notes from the Pastor

Rev. Mike Krewson


An Advent wreath with Advent candles is a tradition that helps Christians focus attention on the coming of the Christ at Bethlehem and at the close of history. As Advent is the beginning of the liturgical year, this season also begins the retelling of the biblical stories of the life of Jesus on earth in physical form. This next year scripture selections upon which worship will focus will be chosen most often from the Gospel of Luke.

advent wreath

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, this time of year is the darkest. Jesus is the Light of the World and thus brings God’s hope. You may find that being in worship each Sunday and on Christmas Eve brightens your celebration of Christmas – the coming of Jesus into the world.

The bible says:

“… Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me
will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12  (ESV)

Christmas Eve Worship Service

We will hold our Christmas Eve Worship Service on Monday, December 24, 2018, at 7:30 p.m. Communion will be served. Also, we will sing “Silent Night” and, at the same time, light individual candles. I am looking forward to celebrating Jesus’ coming with you!

Children’s Christmas Program!

You have a part in the story! Arrive in time for the program to start at 5:00 p.m.

During the Children’s Christmas Program, which will be performed by the children of the Logos Program on Wednesday. December 12, 2018, at 5:00 p.m., the congregation will be asked to give a gift – which the children (as they portray the characters of the Christmas story) will come collect from the people in the congregation. You are invited to bring canned goods for the food pantry and hold them with you until that moment in the program.

In Case of Snow

If there is dangerous weather on Sunday morning, please turn on your television to Channel 2 or 11 and watch for St. Philip’s United Church. If we decide to cancel, that is how we will announce it. Then, call anyone you know who might need this information.

Rev. Mike