Pr. Jessica's Weekly Message - 11/18/20
I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. Ephesians 1:17-19
Dear Children of God,
What a prayer Paul offers on behalf of the Ephesians! How I would love to have that spirit of wisdom and revelation, knowledge of God, an enlightened heart, understanding of the hope to which I am called and the riches of his glorious inheritance. How I want the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe. This prayer makes me want to shout, “I believe! Help my unbelief!”
This Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King and the last Sunday of the church year. We will learn what kind of king Jesus is, and what his reign means for our lives and our faith. What is the hope to which he has called us? When you hear “Christ the King,” what do you immediately think of? What images come to mind?
SUNDAY SCHOOL AND WORSHIP LINKS/INFORMATION
Evening Prayer, tonight @7:00: https://www.facebook.com/StPaulsLutheranChurchJerseyCity
Sunday Morning Zoom Worship @ 10:15: https://zoom.us/j/2445459917
Please plan to remain on Zoom after worship has ended for a time of fellowship. Important information about Advent and Christmas will be given.
Worship can also be streamed via the Facebook link above, at 10:15
Adult Sunday School Class, led by Jan Gallagher: We'll study faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13) and what the Bible says about how we can live those fundamental Christian values. We'll meet this Sunday, Nov. 22, 4-5p, and every other Sunday thereafter.
ADVENT- A NEW YEAR BEGINS!
The Season of waiting, of preparing, of receiving the gifts of the darkness as we welcome the Light of the World. This Advent will be one of the hardest yet, after an incredibly difficult, tumultuous year. It will be lonelier for many of us, being unable to gather with friends and family. Advent means “coming,” and we can both lament what has been lost and be open to what is coming, without fear, because what we are waiting for, ultimately, is Jesus. He is our hope and our salvation, our Good Shepherd who came to gather the lost. He has already come. He comes to us every day, especially when we gather as a faith community, and he will come again.
Every year I promote the ELCA Good Gifts catalog as a way to honor people in your life whom you love, but who do not need more stuff, by buying a goat or a cow or a water filtration system for someone who could really use it, someone who probably lives across the oceans on another continent. I offer it again this year, and I would also like to challenge our church community to pull together and buy a whole herd of goats, for $300. You can find out more at the link below. If you’d like to contribute, you can send a check to church with “goats” in the memo line, or donate through the Vanco text number we’ve been mentioning in worship, (201) 646-5131. Just write “Goats” in the subject line. Let the Great Goat Herd Challenge begin!
You can expect a care package to arrive at your home within the next week or so, hand delivered by one of our members. It is a make-at-home, simply Advent wreath kit, as well as an Advent calendar. Thank you to Julie Marie Seibert for lovingly putting the kits together. It will be so lovely to see us all on Zoom sharing the same wreath during our Advent worship.
May the peace and joy of Christ our King sustain you throughout the week, and throughout all times.