December 19, 2018

How close we are to the manger bed! Even though we Christians know Advent is the season when we look toward the Second Coming, the birth of the One who will restore all things takes over our thoughts as the Fourth Sunday of Advent looms. There are so many cherished traditions at this time of year, and I look forward to every single one.

Here at BPC the Chimes breakfast is a traditional event, when the Men of the Reformed Church (yes, they have updated their name) cook a feast for us to share before worship. For some of our littlest members the Chimes breakfast will be the first time they take an instrument in hand, and make sounds in time with music. Others look forward to the carols, and all of us welcome platefuls of biscuits and the rich smells of bacon and eggs.

Pastors who have served a variety of congregations get to experience a host of traditions at this time of year. The Gingerbread Potluck and the Chimes breakfast are events I will look back on wistfully and with gratitude. Advent and Christmas worship within a denomination tend to bring the same rewards, but there is no question that worship at BPC has deepened my sense of the holiness of the season. 

As I take part in these last events and final worship services, please know that my heart is full.  Grace upon grace, Catherine

Scripture Readings for December 16, 2018
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
Micah 5:2-5a
Psalm 80:1-7
Hebrews 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)