November 25, 2020
Saints of Trinity,
Thanksgiving looks a whole lot different this year. My hope is that Thanksgiving being different doesn’t stop us from being thankful. We have much for which we can be thankful. I sat with the music staff this morning and we looked ahead at the worship services that are ahead of us. It’s Advent, and tomorrow afternoon we record the service for the First Sunday of Advent. It starts us on a journey toward hope and light. If there was ever a year where we need hope and light this is it. As we talked, I began to feel the anticipation that is supposed to be felt in Advent. Advent is a step-by-step journey. It is a time of overwhelming anticipation. For us here at Trinity it will begin with an examination of the prophets and the hopes of two sets of God’s children. Each was desperately hoping for light in the darknesses of their lives. They carried all kinds of hopes for a hero that would come and save them. For most of them, their savior would be a warrior who would destroy their enemies. But, if this season reminds us of anything, it is that God’s plans are often very different from ours, and this time of Advent is the perfect example.
The following week we realize that God is moving in ways no one expected. The wrong person from the wrong place with the wrong personal history from the wrong family would be chosen to bring a savior into the world. Then, the next week we’ll realize that if that wasn’t enough, the wrong set of people received the message of where and how this hero was to be brought in to the world. And if that wasn’t enough, the next week, another set of inappropriate people were selected to follow their unusual beliefs, and that would lead them to this savior. They shouldn’t be in this story at all. And if that wasn’t enough, this savior was born in the wrong place, placed in the wrong kind of bed, and surrounded by the wrong kind of building. Everything seemed wrong. That is until we are able to see and hear the rest of the story. This savior was to be unlike any savior or hero before him. His saving role was also unlike any before him. Even his relationship with God was completely different.
All of that says a lot about us, or maybe it should. If this season reminds us of anything it is that we too can be people of hope and light. Like each step along this Advent journey, we are also called to be different. It’s this baby born of Mary, and laid in a manger that will grow up to teach us exactly what that means. So, like the previous sermon series on being stone-droppers, life-saving heroes, builders, miracle believers, and more, our ways are not the world’s ways. So, I invite you to join us on this journey through Advent, and may the light of Christ, and the hope of this eternal God of love become that much brighter for you and your family.
I’m so thankful for you; each of you, and pray that this season, beginning this Thanksgiving Thursday and moving through the rest of this year brings light and peace; hope, and joy to each one of you. Amen
Be at Peace! For unto us a child is born, and unto us a son is given!
Some Concerns that we have
- For those who continue to go through physical struggles, those who are dealing with cancer, or other health situations. Prayers for those who are emotionally feeling lost and alone.
- For all those who are ill from the COVID-19 virus; for those families who have lost loved ones to the virus; and for all the first responders/essential workers.
- For peace in our country.
- For Katherine Parker, missionary to Nepal
Even though you can’t be with those having birthdays this week, emails or phone calls are appreciated.
Parking Lot service is taking a break for winter
You can view our service online. Just go to our webpage sequimtumc.org for a link to the service.
We thank you for your continued support of our ministries here at Trinity and ask that you mail your contributions in to the church. Make sure to use our Post Office Box 3697 instead of our street address.
You are invited to join Joy Fellowship
Joy Fellowship will start the Advent study by Adam Hamilton, Incarnation: Rediscovering the Significance of Christmas, on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at 2 p.m. on Zoom. Contact Kathleen Charters at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 240.463.7598 if you would like to purchase the book. Contact Linda Gordon at email@example.com for the Zoom invitation.
Correction: the Christian Mindfulness Group is not postponed; it is meeting on Zoom
The second small group book study: Right Here Right Now, The Practice of Christian Mindfulness, by Amy G. Oden begins on December 3rd. It will meet for six Thursdays at noon for one hour on Zoom.
The author of this book is a professor of Christianity and Theology and affiliated with The Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City.
This is a wonderful way to connect with others while deepening your sense of God’s presence in your life. While enhancing your spiritual life this calming practice also reduces stress and aids in providing resilience in this particularly challenging time. Your book can be ordered on www.Amazon.com. Or the church will have a few copies to deliver to your door.
You may contact Melody Romeo if you have any questions or to sign up. Melody is leading our group and can be reached at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or by cellphone: (360) 461-5595.
The Women’s Bible Study and the Challenges and Comforts groups will not meet in person until the current COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Additional volunteers still needed to help with the Sequim food box distribution
— for December 9th and 23rd from about 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Andra Smith (Sequim Food Bank Director) indicated that, even though CERT will not be involved those two months, volunteers still can be trained. If you are interested, contact Jan Kreidler at 681-5027 / email@example.com.
Office hours note
Trinity United Methodist Church office hours are 9 am – 2 pm Monday through Friday. However, due to limited access to the building during this phase of opening, we are keeping the doors locked. There is a doorbell to the right of the main door (by the office) that you need to ring to alert Marian and she will let you in. It is best to call ahead so we are aware that you are coming. Thanks so much for your patience!