From the Pastor’s Pen

Dear Members and Friends:

A poem by J. Barrie Shepherd:

Advent Invitation

Step into a four-Sabbath world

that begins with a whisper-

“Keep your eyes peeled”-

concludes with the cry of a child in the night,

a realm that is bounded by the fling of five candlelight,

the range of a quavering voice reading words

that sound old and familiar, yet strange,

full of wonder and wanting,

a domain hung with banners of purple,

decked with green, living branches,

and spangled with frost, touched by star-beam.

You will meet friendly beasts,

an Orient wisdom, and folk from the fields.

Whatever you do, you’ll be changed just a bit,

Your blood colder, or warmer, you’ll see.

One more thing. There is danger here,

much to be risked, perhaps all to be won.

Now take a deep breath. Let’s begin.

Welcome to Advent brothers and sisters of St. Paul’s!  On St. Andrew’s Day (30 November) we began the new church year.  The First Sunday of Advent is always the Sunday closest to St. Andrew’s Day and four Sundays before Christmas. This year it is 2 December.

The Transition Team will be hosting an Advent Family Night Potluck from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on the 2nd.  This is an inter-generational event – there will be something for everyone. There will be good food, time with fellow believers, and we’ll take another step forward in the transition process.  If you’ve been away from worship for a while now is the time to return.  Lots of good things are happening at St. Paul’s!  Come and see and join the celebration of God’s love!

May God’s peace in Christ be with you and remain with you this Advent and Christmas season.  Now take a deep breath.  Let’s begin!

Your partner in the Gospel,

Pastor Elaine

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