Christmas Letter to Sicamous United Church’s Community of Faith!
The weeks before Christmas, Advent, tend to be very busy, preparing and waiting. In this waiting period, often-times, we have lots of parties and family gatherings. Rushing from one engagement to the next can begin to seem that this is what Christmas is all about. Do we need to rediscover Christmas? It’s a good idea to go back and read about the first Christmas and the birth of the baby, Jesus. Let us re-discover Christmas as we remember with Mary how she first discovered that she was going to have a baby. Imagine, an angel announced it to her. Mary is fiercely glad that God has asked her to do this thing. The Bible shows us that Christmas is about God establishing a new order and Mary is filled with joy that made her sing aloud. Then, Mary remembers the long, hard journey she had to make before the child was born. Mary remembers the jolting movements of the donkey and the weight of the baby as she walked to Bethlehem. She remembers the stable and being alone with no family to help. She remembers the odd visitors who came to see the baby born in Bethlehem; shepherds, a host of angels, and much later some foreigners who said they were led by a star. Remember how Joseph stood beside her through this very difficult journey and birthing; Joseph has his very own memories of the Holy night. Mary and Joseph are willing to work with God and God’s divine plan. Here, lies the heart of the Spirit of Christmas. It is a willingness to value God’s plan over personal comfort. It is a wild delight in other people and it is Mary’s willingness to have a baby who is going to cause her so much grief and Joseph’s determination to protect them both. The Spirit of Christmas is like God’s desire to come and live with us even though many will not recognize God as its maker.
May your Christmas be filled with hope, peace, joy and love; the gifts of Advent! My ministry with you, Sicamous United Church, over the past six months has been filled with friendship and love; Merry Christmas to our Alberta friends as they deal with this prairie winter and Merry Christmas to a church family filled with the peace of Christ.
Rev. Gloria Christian
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What’s going on … at Sicamous United Church?
Sunday, Oct 6th – World Wide Communion
Come and get your hands … clean! We’ll be making baking powder biscuits together and then feasting on them for communion.
Sunday, Oct 13th – Thanksgiving Service
What are you thankful for? How do you express your gratitude?
Sunday, Oct 20th – Worship by Congregational Members
Saturday, Oct 26th 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM – Soup & Song
All Thrift Shop volunteers and patrons invited for soup and buns in the sanctuary. Special music provided by Rev. Juanita Austin and Jim McConnell of the Salmon Arm Black and Bluez Band.
Sunday, Oct 27th – Looking back to see ahead
Join us for a spiritual pilgrimage of how the church has responded to a changing world in the past. What changes will be life-giving today?