I was SO excited about worship this week. The amazingly talented Mary Bee was in town and singing in worship. She sang the Francesca Battistelli song, Heaven Everywhere and also Sweet Little Jesus Boy. I was able to bring in a drummer and a bass player for Heaven Everywhere, which just rounded out the sound. It was so much fun!
Next Sunday is Christmas Eve! That's so hard to believe. I know technically it is Advent 4, but we are going to have our Family Worship & Pageant at the 10AM service this year. The pageant is shaping up to be adorable, as always (and I am not just saying that because my son is going to be a lamb). One of the parents came to me with a really cute idea and it's going to be so fun to see it all come together.
I hope you all are are finding God's hope, peace, joy and love this season! Thank you for being part of my year. I am thankful for you!
I completely shifted gears this week in terms of my approach to Advent. I spent the first two weeks talking about the magic and joy of the season and this week I talked about what it means to be in a dark or sad place during this season. If you are feeling pain or grief this season, please know that this season is just as much for you as it is for those who are experiencing joy. You do not have to fake happiness or joy to participate in this season of waiting - be who you are, where you are.
If you are in a dark place this year, please leave me a comment or email me and let me know how I can pray for you.
Happy Advent, friends. <3
- Rev. Sarah
When I went to upload my sermon I was reminded that I have three separate documents with three different versions of Sunday's sermon. I couldn't figure it out! It just wasn't working - probably because I was preaching on repentance and - ugh. That's hard.
I hope you enjoy my sermon! I named my struggle right off the bat and I think people really relate when I do that. But working through this actually gave me a lot to think about as I approach my own Advent season.
Have a great week, everyone!
- Rev. Sarah