This Sunday marks the beginning of the Advent season; a series of days and weeks that invite us to pause from the rush of our lives and take notice of what is happening within and around us, as we look toward celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ into the world.  This can be one of the most challenging spiritual disciplines of all because we live in such a hectic, fast-paced world and slowing down to reflect seems rarely an option especially this time of year when days are shorter and darkness comes ever so quickly.

And of course, there are a million things to do, aren’t there?  There is travel to arrange, gifts to purchase, parties to plan and attend, and one seemingly major decision to make after the other.  Still, the invitation is before us:  slow down, pay attention, and stay alert to the surprising and unexpected ways God is entering our lives.  Would it not be the saddest thing of all if we missed the real reason for this holy and mystical season?

Starting Sunday morning, you will receive a daily email with reflections written by our staff:

Isaiah Fish, Ministry Associate
Liz Sweeney, Director of Programs for Children and Families
Teresa Lotz, Administrative & Communications Coordinator
Valerie Kilbridge, Business Manager
Molly M. DeGesero, Director of Park Avenue Methodist Day School
Nancy-Ellen Micco, PAMDS Exmissions Director
Presley Rodriguez, PAMDS Administrative Assistant
Lefty Rodriguez, Richard Wong, and Elena Martinez, Custodians
and myself

Each writing is a real treasure and I hope you will accept them as our gift of love, gain greater insight of our amazing staff, and be drawn into the greatest wonder of all:  God has come and God continues to come to be with us.

From Sunday to Christmas Eve, we’ll be celebrating Advent themes of Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. Our choir will be singing songs of the season on the front steps each week at 10:50 a.m. The children will sing and perform the ancient story during the Christmas pageant on the 17th and on Christmas Eve, services will be held at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.  And this year, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, the evening service will include strings and brass as well as Lessons and Carols, Holy Communion, and candle lights as we honor the Advent of our Savior into the world. Join us at 6:40 p.m. for a special Musical Prelude.

“O come let us adore him; Christ the Lord!”

Grace and peace,
Pastor Cathy