Simply Peace. Hope. Joy. Love. Christmas. Posted November 22
The season of Advent is all about waiting - and waiting is one of the least pleasing things we do. In a world of instant gratification, “NOW” is our middle name. But Advent challenges us to imagine the coming of a time when all will be wonderful. And it promises Jesus the Christ, the one who is the source of all peace, hope, joy and love. In this time of Advent preparation, set some time aside in order to look deeper and prepare for the coming of Christ as we anticipate the significance of this life-saving event in our lives.
We have some great ways for you and your family and friends to reconnect with the simplicity of the season:
Simply Pray - Pray for peace in the world. Join us for Evensong Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary.
Simply Give - Give one less gift this year and give that money to our Simply Water project. Our children's ministry is raising money for clean water in Haiti. Each $50 filter provides clean water for one family for up to 10 years. Or, consider addressing global hunger through a gift to Heifer International.
Simply Silence - Sit in silence for 1 hr., reflecting on faithful waiting (meditate on Matt. 24:44). Stop by during the week (Tu-Fr 9-3 p.m.) to pray in silence in our sanctuary, chapel or prayer chapel.
Simply Invite - Invite someone to worship or our Living Nativity (Dec. 20) this month and simply share the peace, hope, joy, love, Christmas!
The United Methodist Church is an 11-million-strong global church that opens hearts, opens doors and opens minds through active engagement with our world. John Wesley and the early Methodists placed primary emphasis on Christian living, on putting faith and love into action. This emphasis on what Wesley referred to as "practical divinity" has continued to be a hallmark of United Methodism today.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is a global humanitarian aid organization of the United Methodist Church that is serving in over 80 countries.