“Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!”   (1Cor 1:3)

 As autumn fades, the leaves  fall, and the wind blows   colder, we spend this time   giving thanks to God for the abundance of blessings that are provided to us in every season.  

We began November giving thanks for all the saints that have gone before us in the faith, teaching us and leading us by example.  We also acknowledge that in this life we have both joys and sorrows and we rejoice that Christ walks with us on both the mountaintops and dark valleys.   

Our church calander year is coming to an end which we celebrate with our Harvest Home celebration.  The generosity of the people of St. John’s for their neighbors in need continues to astound me with so many ministries of giving.  We have begun a new way to express what we are thankful for with a board at the back of the sanctuary where you can express how “God’s Blessings Abound” in your life and our community.  Help us to fill the cornucopia with notes of gratitude for the blessings we’ve been given!   

At the end of November we begin a new church year with the season of Advent.  A time for waiting and preparing for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. But during this time, we must also recognize that Jesus is present with us in the here and now.  So while waiting and preparing for the celebration of that blessed Christmas Day, we look for the presence of Jesus already among us: in the kindness of a stranger, in the eyes of a child, in hope for a better tomorrow, in the tears of those who grieve, or in the gathering of community.  Advent is a time to prepare not just for a holiday celebration, but for the celebration of the one who brings hope, love, joy, and peace for all people.  Where have you seen Jesus this week and how will you celebrate his presence among us?   

 In the coming weeks may we daily share our gratitude with our God who has blessed us abundantly. May we also prepare for the coming of the Christ child by opening our eyes, ears, hearts, and minds to the presence of Jesus already among us.  

Blessings,

Pastor Karla