Thursday, November 29, 2012

St. John's Epistle for November 29, 2012

Dear children of God in waiting,

We start the season of waiting this Sunday which is the First Sunday of Advent. This will be a day of great celebration in the congregation. Among other events this Sunday we have a blood drive in Building 2, hanging of the greens in the sanctuary at 10:30 am, and the Living Gift Market in Fellowship Hall after worship. In addition, we will celebrate the Lord's Supper during worship. The handbells will play during worship. The chancel choir will sing during worship. The young choir will sing twice during worship. We will light the Advent candles during worship as well. 

In regard to the Living Gift Market, think of all the lives that will be touched both locally and around the world through the mission money raised in this alternative gift market. Sometimes we focus on the names or organizations represented in the various booths: 10,000 Villages; Heifer Project; Pennies for Peace; Delicious Peace Coffee; Matthew's Market; Anchor House; Coalition of Appalachian Ministries; Presbyterian Children's Homes and Services; Braes Interfaith Ministries (BIM); Grace International Children's Foundation; St. John's Presbyterian Youth Fellowship (PYF); Small Steps Nurturing Center; and Living Waters for the World. This year let's remember all the livesthat will be touched by Christ and blessed by the Holy Spirit through the gifts we buy and the money we raise for these various ministries. From children in Uganda to children in the Third Ward of Houston to children in Meyerland to adults from around the world coming to stay in our Anchor House, there are many opportunities for God to use our gifts for Christ's service in the world through the Living Gift Market.

May the peace of Christ be with you as we await the coming of Emmanuel, God with us, during this Advent season. In our waiting, let's be on aware of the joy of living life each moment with awareness of how Christ is already alive and stirring within each of us and within our congregation.

Your patient yet alert pastor,

St. John's Presbyterian Church
5020 West Bellfort / Houston, TX 77035
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Worship Service: Sunday, 10:30 am / Sunday School: 9:00 am