In the Gospel of Luke we are told the birth of Jesus was accompanied by a heavenly chorus of angels singing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven and on earth peace…” This Advent and Christmas, we focus on the Hope and Promise of Peace.
Our disrupted and broken lives long for peace. The hostility and enmity that erupts into violence plagues our communities and leaves nations straining under the weight of war. The hope and promise of peace has never been more urgent.
The Good News of the Gospel proclaims that God comes into our world through the gift of incarnate love and instills peace. In the child of Bethlehem, God is WITH us and FOR us. With us in the imperceptible, unlikely and unimaginable. For us in the most gracious, costly and extraordinary of ways. So it is throughout the centuries, Jesus has been called the Prince of Peace.
Along with the lighting of Advent candles, Chrismons displayed on the Christmas Tree, choirs of all ages singing and the promises of scripture being re-told, we enter into the Advent and Christmas season. Additionally each Sunday, our young people will be reflecting on a peacemaker made important to them through their Peace, Justice and Reconciliation Project.
This December Inspiration is filled with wonderful opportunities to lean into this holy season. There are invitations to worship, grow, give, serve and help. Along the way, our prayer is that you too might be enveloped in the hope and promise of peace. Please join us!
Frederick Lewis, Senior Minister