We woke up to a beautiful late Autumn day here in the Shenandoah Valley. The air was crisp – there was frost on our mini-van, but the sky was blue and cloudless and there was the promise of 65 degrees this afternoon. By the time we arrived at church, the beautiful day was already taking shape. It was a different kind of First Sunday of Advent in that for the first time in about 5 or 6 years, it wasn’t a dreary, cloudy day. It almost had the feeling of a Spring day, sometime around Easter.
The worship today was great. Our first set of songs reflected on Jesus’ Second Advent (or coming). The congregation really joined the praise team in worship and we even taught a new song with a familiar tune. Pastor Barry preached on the hope that comes from sorrow. It was a great message that reminded us of the hope that comes from the little town of Bethlehem.
This evening we gathered with our students and rehearsed for our Christmas musical. I think it’s going to be really good and I encourage you to come and check it out. We have a great bunch of students who are prepared (along with some adults) to present the gospel. We present it on December 13 in the evening.
If you’ve been following my running this week, you will notice that I have followed a light running schedule – I’m trying to maintain at this point. We’ll get back to some serious fitness once the weather breaks. I’m hoping to get a run in tomorrow if the weather cooperates.
The parsonage is nearing completion. Much of the finish work is completed and only a couple of large items need finished. We are hoping to be in the house in the not too distant future.
This week puts us back into a more normal routine. There are lots of things to prepare for – December is a busy month. Remember there are many things to do to build God’s Kingdom. Let’s Seize the Day!