As Advent approached, I had an idea we could write our own Advent Meditation booklet based on verses of Advent hymns. But I was late in planning and then Living Compass sent us their meditation booklets. Jason Beams-Jackson wrote this meditation and I really liked it, so on this last day of Advent, wanted to share it with you.
Comfort, comfort ye my people, speak ye peace, thus saith our God;
comfort those who sit in darkness mourning ‘neath their sorrows’ load.
Speak ye to Jerusalem of the peace that waits for them;
tell her that her sins I cover, and her warfare now is over. Hymnal 1982, 67
I am touched deeply by this verse; it reminds me to keep a humble heart. Advent is a great time to reflect on what we have done to comfort one another; and how we have treated one another. So for me, this has been a great reflection on myself. I had to allow God to give me comfort and peace at heart. So with God’s grace and guidance, I hope to be a comfort to those around me; and to help those overcome their darkness. I am grateful every day for God’s love and the peace of having a helping heart.
Hope to see many of you today at the Christmas Eve services as 7 and 11. Morning prayer will be said tomorrow at 9am.
Blessings during this special time of celebration!
News & Notes
Rebecca’s Schedule: Rebecca will be on vacation Friday, December 26, through Friday, January 2. During her vacation,.the Rev. Peter Helman is available for pastoral emergencies. He can be reached by text or phone at 940-735-1235. You may also leave a message for Rebecca by phoning the church office at 606-528-1659 or emailing email@example.com.
Christmas Eve Services: 7:00 pm – Evening Candlelight Service. 11:00 pm – Midnight Candlelight Service.
Christmas Day: 9:00 am – Morning Prayer
Sunday, December 28, 11am – Service of Lessons and Carols
Adult Forum: There will be no Adult Forum on December 28. January through mid-February (Christmas and Epiphany), we will discuss the blessing of same gender relationships. If you’d like to lead a session, please see Rebecca.
Godly Play (Sunday School): The Godly Play program is for children and offered each Sunday morning at 10:00 am. All children are invited to participate in this special form of spiritual development.
Please pray for our Vestry as we are in retreat on Saturday, January 10. We will be looking more closely at our mission and the future. To help us with the discussion, please answer these questions and talk to or email Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Provide short – one or two sentence, powerful descriptive answers to each question. Humanize answers whenever possible. i.e. Share a real-life example.
1.How do we help/serve people?
2. Who do we help/serve?
3. What are our vital services/programs?
4. What is our track record?
5. Our plans for the future? 6.How do we use our money? Why do we deserve your support?
Serving Our Neighbors – See baskets in the parlor.
- Everlasting Arms, Corbin’s shelter for people who are homeless, is in need of men’s and women’s razors, gloves, deodorant and socks.
- The Food Pantry at Corbin Presbyterian Church is always in need of nonperishable food items. Vegetables are especially appreciated.