“…For Christ’s Sake!”
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Wonderful Reminders About Thanks. Yes, Thanksgiving is a holiday that will be different this year. Our family “postponed” our gathering on a family farm. This wonderful event often topped forty folks. While we won’t be together in body, I continue to savor the memories of smiles, hugs and looking up to my relatives. Yes, looking up! This is the side of my family where I’m the shortest male of my generation and younger. They tease me about being short when we all line up for the annual group photo. I love it! I’m thankful for all of it!
Locally, my daughter, Sami and daughter-in-law Megan, will probably gather. The decision, like with so much these days, depends on the virus. We await the outcome of a COVID test. I’m thankful for what God has revealed in science and medicine.
Important Reminders to Pray. Our Christian worship calendar begins with the Advent season, followed by the Christmas season. In Advent we pray about two themes. First, we pray with thanks for God’s presence in our past through Jesus Christ. This theme spills over into the commercial season called Christmas which ends December 25.
The second, parallel theme in Advent is the return of Christ. We remind ourselves of this hope when we do a formal experience of communion saying the mystery of faith, “Christ has died. Christ has risen. Christ will come again!” As you pray during Advent remember Jesus who is our Christ, and pray with hope for our future, which will include Christ again.
Our Christian Christmas is also a season. Yes, there really are “twelve days of Christmas!” It goes twelve days from December 25 to January 6, when we celebrate Epiphany. Pray during our Christmas season that you will carry the joy of Christmas through this season and well into 2021.
We recently transitioned to worshipping while not using our building to gather. I feel this loss, particularly during the seasons of Advent and Christmas.
Once again, Northern Boulevard folks are stepping up in this pandemic. We’ve made arrangements to record announcements, scripture and a sermon and to put them where people with internet access can share in them via NBumcMO.org, facebook and YouTube.
I’m excited about a dial-in option where anyone with any telephone can listen to these recordings! I’m taking a risk mentioning this before everything is finalized, yet this option came from our District Office, so I’m reasonably confident we’ll be making this happen soon. When we do, we’ll share the phone number through every communication means we have.
As you pray, remember to include yourself as you pray for others. You’re worth praying for, and we want you safe! Best wishes for all our seasons!
Love, in Christ,
Pastor Barry Freese
Philemon 1.6 “...for Christ’s sake…”