A Word from Laura: From Thanksgiving to Advent

How do you celebrate Thanksgiving and get ready for Advent at the same time?

The short answer is to come to Western on Sunday!

Last Sunday that meant celebrating 25 years in this building, hosting Miriam’s Kitchen as a way of practicing our religious freedom.  One of you commented, “This felt like Thanksgiving Day to me!”  I’d add giving thanks for all who made that day special: John Wimberly, Susie Farr, and Jack Hume; those who represented MK staff, volunteers and guests; all who shared reminiscences; and especially to our deacons and those who made our lunch possible.

This Sunday, the first in Advent, begins a sermon series, “Looking for the Messiah.”  What new reality was born in the stable long ago, and what does it have to do with our time? What kinds of people, places and things are we looking for to save us from this world’s darkness or chaos, and how do they show us Christ being born today – or not?

On December 1 I also hope you’ll be part of our Advent festival after worship.  Wear a red sweater to give thanks for the gift of kindness and to support Miriam’s Kitchen’s “Be My Neighbor” campaign.  Bring toiletries to fill a bag for our homeless neighbors to be shared at the Vigil for Homelessness on December 20.  Make an ornament, decorate a cookie, or simply share a favorite Christmas memory over a cup of coffee.

Until Sunday, one other way to give thanks and get ready for Advent: Without resorting to cliché, I invite you to remember the gift of each day. May you find a moment to stop, breathe, and feel gratitude for life itself.  And may you discover

Grace and peace,

Laura