December 2019

What came into being
through the Word was life,
    and the life was the light for all people.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness doesn’t extinguish the light.

~The Gospel of John, from The Common English Bible

 

John opens his Gospel, not with the Nativity story like Matthew and Luke, but with a Spirit-filled prelude about God’s Word coming down to earth, or “moving into the neighborhood,” as The Message translation puts it. God’s Word—not words on a page but something deeper—brings life. This life, John analogizes, is like an inextinguishable light shining in the darkness. Give me that light!

Light is a theme we often use during Advent and Christmas. We light the Advent Wreath, each candle pointing to an increased light and the One True Light coming into the world. We might go to a candlelight service on Christmas Eve, singing Silent Night by the light of hundreds of candles. As the days get darker, we talk more about this light and the impact it can have on our world.

This Advent we’ll talk about God’s light as we head toward Christmas. Will God’s light grow in your heart as you get closer to the celebration of the Nativity? How do you access God’s light in the middle of the darkness? How can you use God’s light to see danger ahead? How can Advent be a light to our path and life to our souls all year long?

Join us this Advent as we worship and learn from the light of the world. Each of the four Sundays in Advent (December 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd) we’ll delve deeper into this mystery, and we’ll culminate our season on Christmas Eve as we worship at 5:30pm (Service of the Nativity) and 8:00pm (Service of Carols & Candlelight).

Hope to see you there, and may the Light of the World be with you!

Robert