A Message from Pastor Chad – Dec. 10
Here we are halfway through the Advent season exploring our theme “Close to Home.” We began thinking about ways we are Homesick — in what ways do you long for home? The second week of Advent we talked about Laying a Foundation — how do your words and actions prepare the way of the Lord?
This Sunday we look at a wonderful passage in Luke 3 and contemplate what it means to have a Home for All. This, of course, is important to a church like ours that aspires to have Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Arms. To make a Home for All is a great challenge in a divided world where we often find a home only with people who think and believe like we do. We struggle to accept that people see the world differently.
Making a Home for All, however, doesn’t require that we believe the same things or agree to the same ideas. Instead, it requires us to make room for one another even if we find it a bit uncomfortable. It requires us to try to see from a different perspective or walk in someone else’s shoes. It requires that we look out for the little, the least, and the lost. Making a Home for All asks something of each of us. What does it ask of you?
Looking forward to worshiping with you on Sunday!
A quote from the Theme Packet:
“Close to Home names the pain many of us will carry into this season. The holidays can poke at our grief. Many will be missing loved ones lost to sickness and tragedy. The traumas of the pandemic will still be with us. Many will have lost homes—due to natural disasters, economic hardship, and unjust policies. Many do not feel safe in their own homes due to poor living conditions or harmful family dynamics. Many feel alone and isolated at home. Churches are discerning transitions with their physical buildings; many of our spiritual homes are changing.
This Advent, may we be comforted by the One who dwells intimately with us. May we expand safety and sanctuary for everyone wandering far from home. May we come home, wherever home is found—to live fully with joy, hope, and courage.”A Sanctified Art, Close to Home