There are many things happening at the church this time of year!  Advent worship leads to Christmas.  Christmas leads to New Years, and we pack away the holidays.  We can sometimes forget to experience the mystery and wonder of the season.

We have decorated the church, lit the candle of hope, and are well on our way to celebrate peace this Sunday.  For the first time in several years, we will have a float in the Lake Ozark Christmas Parade.  Our children and their leaders are working on their Christmas play.  The choir is working on their cantata.  We anticipate the arrival of the babe once again.

In the midst of all that preparation, other ministries are happening.  Our angel tree participants are busy shopping for the children on their lists.  Money is being raised to provide food vouchers for their families.  Once again, we are providing gifts and vouchers for food for the teen parent program at School of the Osage.  We are also busy with calls for help that are met through our benevolence fund.

In all of this busyness and preparation, I am reminded to take time to focus on the depth of the experience of the season.  To take time to breathe.  I also am mindful of the many people at this time of year who experience loneliness, isolation, and even depression.

Our task at this time of year is to proclaim the light of God’s reign punching holes in the darkness of our world.  Once again, we focus on hope, peace, joy, and love in a spirit of giving that we seem to put away after Christmas.

I hope you will be part of this time with us!  It is a time where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and we once again relive the mystery and wonder of the story. It is a story of hope, peace, joy, and love.  And we all can use a little more of all these things in our lives!

Be a light!

Gary