December 2018 message:

Dear Christian friends,

 

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name, Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14


Well, we have another successful bazaar in our collective memory. It is a blessing to watch so many come together and transform the common areas of our building for this festive event. This creative endeavor is not only an occasion for meaningful fellowship, but it also provides an opportunity to open our doors to our neighbors that they might see Christ’s light in us even as we serve them. The fruits of our labors were directed to the general ministry of our church, and all is done to the glory of God.

 

I particularly enjoy the creative spirit of the handicrafts: the stitches sown, the assembling of varied fabrics in the quilt work, the intricate details of the doll clothes, the flowers arranged, the wood formed, the paper transformed by paint. These are all visible outlets of our desire to create. Whenever we make something, we are making use of what has already been made. The wool of the lamb is spun that it may be knitted to make a sweater. The tree is felled, sawn, and formed to make a “birch baby.” The paint is made from the beautifully colored products of nature. All of our “creations” are actually repurposing, rearranging, and recycling what has already been created. We may be able to bake from “scratch,” but we are not able to create from nothing. God, on the other hand. . .

 

God speaks, and reality is made. “Let there be light,” is spoken, and behold, there is light. Likewise, when the time came for the virgin to conceive, and by the working of the Holy Spirit, she was found to be with child. Out of nothing, light came into the world through the voice of God. By this very same power, the Son of God came into the world through the womb of the Virgin Mary. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14) The Son of God is created in our image that we might be recreated in His. This is what we dwell upon during the season of Advent.

 

I pray that you will contemplate the meaning of the season and receive the gifts of our gracious Lord in Sunday morning worship and Wednesday evening services at 7:00 P.M. (Dec. 5th, 12th, 19th). These brief devotional midweek services provide additional opportunity to savor God’s love for us, shown in the Christ Child. The theme for our midweek services will be Zechariah’s Silence, Elizabeth’s Expectation, and Mary’s Joy as we contemplate the arrival of our Lord Advent Season.

 

A blessed Advent and Christmas to you, and may the light of the Lord shine upon you both now and forevermore.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Rasmussen

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