Pastor’s Message – November 25, 2019

Worship Series for Advent: Wearing Our Christmas Best
One of my favorite television shows is The Office, which follows the daily happenings, and many non-happenings, of a fictional paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Though the series officially ended in 2013, its memorable characters live on in reruns, and the actors continue to make us laugh in other roles. I especially enjoy following the work of Mindy Kaling, who not only starred in The Office but also wrote many of the episodes. She’s written a couple of funny memoirs as well as continuing to act and write a well-received film. One of my favorite places to see Kaling’s work is on Twitter because she has the ability to elicit laughs with very few words. Last year on Thanksgiving Day, she tweeted:
Everybody pick out their outfit to wear to the dining room?
I laughed out loud because it was so true. So often we spend Thanksgiving Day in one building with friends and family, and we only move room to room. Yet we still want to wear our best, right? Even if we don’t really “go” anywhere, we want to dress nicely given the specialness of the day.
Next Sunday we will enter the specialness of the Advent season, a season of preparing ourselves for the Christ child’s coming. As we get ready for a holiday by wearing our best, God calls us to wear our best characteristics as his children: to cloak ourselves in humility, to clothe ourselves in righteousness, to dress in love. Advent is a season where we can fine tune our spiritual wardrobe in worship together, and I look forward to this series with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              all good things,
Pastor Darian
Lectionary Texts for Sunday, December 1, 2019
Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:36-44
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