Dear NWPC Family,
What a gift this year has been in my life serving as your Transitional Pastor! It is a joy to get to worship with you on Sundays, pray during the week, and gather around the table together on Wednesday nights to eat some of Dale’s delicious cooking! I love watching your kids grow! It’s hard to believe that we are all one year older!
As we move through the Season of Thanksgiving, we enter into the journey of Advent. The church celebrates Advent as the beginning of the New Year! December 2nd is the first Sunday of Advent; and thus, the first Sunday of the New Year. So, let me be the first to wish you a Happy New Year!
We don’t normally think of making Advent Resolutions, but perhaps this would be a good year to start. Advent marks a time of waiting for the coming of Christ. It is a time to prepare our hearts and our lives to welcome once again the Word made flesh.
So how do you make ready for the birth of this child? What Advent Resolutions do you need to make this year? I hope that you will come to worship and participate in the activities at the church. Some of you may want to set aside a time of quiet each day for prayer and reading your Bible and practice slowing down. Others may find going through what you own and donating whatever you can to help others will not only open up space in your closets, but it will also declutter your hearts. Some of you may want to take a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway or walk the Greenway to remind yourself of the beauty of our God who creates and recreates. Some of you will be able to volunteer in our community or at our coast, or take a meal to a sick friend, or visit someone who is unable to get out, or write a note of gratitude, or pray with or for someone. These are just a few suggestions to help get you thinking about what would help you this Advent Season.
Making a few Advent Resolutions might just help all of us focus on this new year’s Advent Journey so that when the Christchild is born, there will be room in our lives to welcome him.
Happy Advent! May God bless you all!
Susan E. Moorefield