Highlights for This Coming Week:
- Christmas Choral Cantata this Sunday at 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Please make sure to invite your neighbors.
- Our Christmas Eve Offering is going to Community Youth Services of Pierce County, which supports homeless youth ages 12-24.
- We want to invite you to continue to complete your 2017 pledge as we are getting near the end of the year.
- If you have not had a chance to make a 2018 pledge for our stewardship drive, we invite you to do so. Please let us know if you need a pledge card.
- Ushers please use sign- up sheets on the bulletin board as we are no longer using Sign Up Genius.
“God became incarnate, that is became carnal, took on flesh, became just like us, so that God might save us and all people who come to faith by God’s word.” David Lose
Greetings in the name of the one who we expectantly await this Advent Season, our Emmanuel. Emmanuel means God is With Us! With everything that is going on in our world, we hold on to the fact that God is always with us! God sees all that we are going through. God does not stand removed from our pain, our struggles, and our sufferings. Instead, God comes to be with us and overturn injustice and evil in our world. For God loves the world so much that God became one of us: Jesus Christ.
This Sunday is such a special day for us at Browns Point United Methodist Church. We have a beautiful tradition at our church to celebrate the coming of Jesus: our Christmas Cantata! You will not want to miss it! The message of this year’s Cantata is to rejoice that our God became one of us! This is called the incarnation: that the second Person of the Trinity, the Word of God, took on flesh, became a human being, and dwelt among us. This is the greatest gift we have and will ever receive! Who do you need to invite so that they can hear this good news?
Because Jesus took on flesh, we, as his disciples, are called to represent Jesus Christ to others in the world. I love what St. Teresa of Avila says, “Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes with which Christ looks out with compassion to the world. Yours are the feet with which Christ is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which Christ is to bless us now.” I want to invite you to prepare for worship this Sunday by reflecting on what it means to you that God became one of us? God became human just like you are human.
Darrell Pelley and Ken Potter have been working tirelessly on preparing for the Cantata! Will you join me in thanking them for all they have done? Also, we are grateful for the choir members who have taken time out of their busy schedules to proclaim the Christmas message for us all to hear. Their voices testify to the light of Christ that is coming into our world again! Let us be in prayer for them as they prepare to sing this Sunday. May we share our gratitude with them as well!
Let us all rejoice together that God became one of us! Hallelujah!
Rev. Katie Klosterman