ADVENT 2 – PREPARING BY MAKING PEACE

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2022           We will observe this Sunday as the Second Sunday of Advent.  We will light the Second candle on the Advent wreath to represent the theme of “PEACE.”  The assigned gospel text from Matthew 3 for this “Peace Sunday,” is John the Baptist...

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ADVENT 1 – KEEP HOPE ALIVE

NOTE FOR PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2022           This Sunday we begin a new liturgical year in Western Christianity with the First Sunday of Advent.  It has become commonplace to mold the seasons of Advent and Christmas into one; but they are two different seasons.  The Season of Advent begins on...

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PREPARING THE WAY FOR REAL LOVE

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2021 This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent, and the theme is “LOVE.”  The assigned passage from Luke 1, shares the response of Mary as she was “Preparing the Way for Real Love” to be born into her life and our world. I’m...

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PREPARING THE WAY FOR JOY

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR GAUDETE SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2021  Sunday will be the Third Sunday in Advent: also “Gaudete” or “Pink” Sunday.  It is one of 2 liturgical Sundays in which the liturgical color is Pink or “Rose.”  The theme is joy as “Gaudete” in Latin means “rejoice.”           Advent is intended as a season of preparing for a...

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PREPARING FOR PEACE

NOTE FROM PASTOR JR FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2021  This Sunday will be the Second Sunday of Advent. The theme is “Peace.”  In our Litany of the Advent Candles, we will light the 2nd Advent Wreath Candle representing “Peace.”    In pondering the theme of peace, I wondered, “Why does peace seem to be so elusive...

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FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT – PREPARING FOR HOPE

NOTE FROM PASTOR J R FOR SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2021  This Sunday we began a new season and the new liturgical church year.  Advent is the period marking the four Sundays before Christmas. This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent in which theme is HOPE.  Advent comes from the Latin word “Adventus” which means “coming or...

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Preparing for the Greatest Gift of Love

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent and its theme is “LOVE.” The four Advent Sundays are meant to be the focal points of a season of spiritual reflection and preparing one’s self to experience new ways each year the hope, peace, joy and love God offers to us....

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Preparing for Joy

This Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent and the theme is “Joy.” In a season of somber preparing to experience the birth of the Divine in anew into our lives, we come to a Sunday of rejoicing called in Latin “Gaudete Sunday.” A passage from the assigned text for...

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Preparing for Wonderful Peace

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent and the theme is “Peace.” The dictionary definition of Peace is not reflective of what the scriptures define as “Peace.” Perhaps that’s why so many don’t understand and cannot comprehend biblical peace. The dictionary defines peace as “freedom from disturbance, tranquility.” But...

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Preparing for Hope

This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent and the theme is Hope. Hope in the Bible has a different meaning than what most folks normally think. Scripturally “Hope” is the calm assurance that God will do what God says and give us what we need. Most parents make every...

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