NOTE FROM THE PASTOR FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018

This Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent. A friend of mine wrote this week “Advent is the season of preparation. The church calls us to spend four weeks getting ready, not for Christmas, but for Christ. Is it possible that, if we do our work well, “The Prince of Peace” might come to us again? Could the choir of heaven again sing to us of peace on earth and good will to all?”

As we light the second candle on the Advent wreath for Peace, we are to seek God’s guidance for how to find peace. Luke 1:79 tells us that “The Prince of Peace” will, “Give Light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Since “The Prince of Peace” already came in the birth of the Christ Child, we don’t have to wait for His coming; but rather, we just need to follow as “The Prince of Peace” seeks “to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

How tragic it is that in a season when cards and carols speak of peace on earth, our lives are filled with conflict, tension, and anxiety. As someone wrote “We are all stressed up with no place to blow.”

So rather than starting with “peace on earth good will to all;” let’s begin with preparing for wonderful peace to come in our own hearts. This happens as we recognize that peace on earth must always begin in us; with us deciding to walk in the ways of peace. It might be challenging to do so; but we’ll never know unless we try. Let’s try, starting with this Second week of Advent when the theme is Peace.

Begin with joining us for worship at Covenant this Second Sunday of Advent as we light the candle of Peace. As someone once wrote “The light of our Peace candle requires us to believe that we do not OWN the light. Instead, we are seeking to be owned by it.” My sermon will be “Preparing for Wonderful Peace” based on Philippians 1:2-6, 9-11 and Luke 3:2-6.

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