with Pastor Grant
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I'm contemplating either writing you a Christmas letter to
give an update on family or write a letter addressed to Jesus
reflecting on the year. Either way, it is good to take the
time to pause and reflect, which is a challenge this time of
year. Letter writing might even become a chore, trying to make
a deadline not wanting to forget anyone on the list.
The one update in the Van Lishout household that I want to
"officially" share is that Sherry is pregnant and
expecting a child later this spring, Lily Joy (2yr/7mo) is going to be a big sister!
Back to reflecting through letters. It is important to
put your thoughts on paper and share it with others. If it is
a chore, it's worth it. A few of my pastor friends take full
advantage of the 12 days of Christmas to write their Christmas
letters, one even goes as far as writing Epiphany letters.
Which leads me to ask, "Why this time of year to add
letter writing to the hecticness? Why not pick out a different
time of year to share your life through writing?"
Taking (making) the time to share your life with others is a
way of sharing love: "Love shall be our token, love shall
be yours and love be mine." Christ, who is love, needs to
be shared. There are unspokens that fester within that many,
if not all, of us experience as the rest of the world
celebrates. These are loneliness, hurt, anger, grief, sadness,
loss, heartache, many others - all which make it difficult to
share or receive love.
God knows. God came to us incarnate, in the flesh of a human
(Jesus) to share his love and sacrifice for us. He asks us to
do the same. Whether you write letters or not, as you think
about others, let that be a prayer of love for them.
May Christ continue to dwell in your hearts and fill you
Pastor Grant M Van Lishout
December 1, 2013
First Sunday of Advent
First Lesson: Isaiah 2:1-5
Second Lesson: Romans 13:11-14
Gospel: Matthew 24:36-44
December 8, 2013
Second Sunday of Advent
First Lesson: Isaiah 11:1-10
Second Lesson: Romans 15:4-13
Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12
December 15, 2013
Third Sunday of Advent
First Lesson: Isaiah 35:1-10
Second Lesson: James 5:7-10
Gospel: Matthew 11:2-11
December 22, 2013
Fourth Sunday of Advent
First Lesson: Isaiah 7: 10-16
Second Lesson: Romans 1:1-7
December 29, 2013
First Sunday after Christmas
First Lesson: Isaiah 63:7-9
Second Lesson: Hebrew 2:10-18
Gospel: Matthew 2:13-23
note of thanks and gratitude for all your kindness and
generosity for Pastor Appreciation. What a special weekend!
...Pr. Grant, Pr. Sherry, and Lily Joy
Special thanks for all my birthday greetings (cards and
calls). It was quite a wonderful surprise.
Thanks to all the many hands for the property clean up day
last Saturday. WOW - what a great response and things are
looking great!! (A garden rake was left. If it is yours, come
to the office).