Dear Friends,

Last Saturday, several folks came to the church to decorate the sanctuary, social hall, and Friendship Room; and to hang the “joy” sign, and the large wreath on the front of our entrance. For the next three Sundays our church will be adorned in greens, and purple paraments, purple candles, Christmas lights, ornaments, wreaths, and manger scenes. What remains are the radiant red poinsettias, which are due to arrive.

How do you decorate your home? In addition to the aforementioned items, Marlou likes angels, little lighted Christmas villages, snowmen, wooden figurines, mini parols, hanging sparkly lights resembling snowflakes, and wreaths adorned with ribbons, holly, and pine cones; then, of course, the Christmas tree, the star, and the presents beneath the tree. What other articles do you like to display?

This season evokes all of those tangible expressions of Christ our Savior—the colors and textures; the forms and shapes; the natural ornaments made from the hand of God and those creative crafts made from human imagination. These adornments and ornaments bring beauty, festivity, joy, and so much more to the season.

As we count down the days until Christmas, we take in the decorations, the seasonal music wafting through the air, and the sweets and treats. May we all experience the joy and wonder of God’s majesty and spread good cheer to those who are lowly and lonely, those who are sad and in sorrow. As we light the advent candles of hope, peace, joy, and love, may we truly embody those themes in our daily walk and share that spirit with those who are burdened and heavy laden.

Thank you to all who came to help decorate!

— Pastor Bob