November 2023

What is Advent?

The word advent is not one we use in our daily conversations, but it means a beginning or arrival of an important event or person.  The advent of the internet, for instance.  At church, we set aside the four weeks before Christmas to get ready for our celebration of Jesus’ birth. Unlike the getting ready we are spending most of our time doing this season, rushing, socializing, consuming, and buying; at church we work to open our hearts and create space for Jesus.  This year we have midweek worship to help create space, should you choose to take part, but you can also set aside a few minutes at the beginning or end of a day to take a few deep breaths, step outside and look at the moon and stars, or stop moving for just a minute and notice what is happening around you.  Blessings to your preparations! – Pastor Trudy Stoffel

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Why would people go to the prophets and do they listen to them?

(Questions compiled from Middle school sermon notes)

Deep down I like to believe that we all want to be better-that we want the world to be better. Prophets can point the way to a better world- that attracts people to their message. The problem is they usually challenge us to change in order to bring the world in line with God’s call. Change is hard! It seems that people hear, but don’t really LISTEN to prophets. We’ll have a few more chances this year to hear from the prophets…will we listen to their call for us? – Pastor Trudy Stoffel

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What is the reason for worshipping a god other than God?

(Question from a 7th grade student.)  It’s clear that sometimes the people think they ARE worshipping God.  I think of the Pharisees challenging Jesus- they believe they are being faithful to God. Other times, people just forget about God because they don’t have an immediate need- it is easy to get distracted by all the noise around us.  Finally, following God is hard work.  It takes intention and coming outside of our comfort zone in order to join God’s work.  Jesus made this clear when He called the disciples out of their boats and throughout His ministry to see and care for those in need. 

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