This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Perplexity is part of the lead-up to Christmas. So is willingness to cooperate with God’s vision for, and activity in, the world. Mary demonstrates both when the angel Gabriel comes to visit her. As a young woman promised and fully committed to a specific man, but not yet married, it’s no wonder she has questions when she receives news about an upcoming pregnancy. Fortunately, her faith tradition has taught her that God can accomplish things which humans can barely imagine. Mary joins an illustrious line of pioneers, strong leaders, and prophets when she says, “Here am I, the servant of the Lord.” Our scripture text for the morning services at 8:30 am and 10 am will be Luke 1:26-38. A beautiful limited-edition print by John August Swanson, depicting the scene when the angel Gabriel brings news to Mary, has just been gifted to Rolling Hills UMC. Together we will dedicate the new addition to our collection of Swanson’s artwork. We’ll also be lighting the fourth Advent candle, the Candle of Love. April’s sermon title is, “Imagining the Impossible.”
This Sunday is also Christmas Eve! We hope to see you at one or more of today’s joyful celebrations!
One important year-end note: Please be sure that any year end gifts are received at the church by Sunday, December 31, or postmarked by December 30. Thank you for your generosity as we head into the new year together.
See you at church!