More God sightings in Advent.
Sunday a week ago I was finishing up the Sunday morning routine. Both worship services were completed and I had just finished the fourth “impromptu” meeting in the narthex. I made it to my office to put all things away and head home. When I got to the outside door of the office hallway, I could already see it on my car—a flyer. Somebody had taken the liberty to place flyers on all of our cars while we were worshipping.
This had happened to me before in other settings. A neighborhood church in the town where I served took it upon themselves to place flyers of THEIR worship service times on OUR cars. I thought that was a pretty tacky thing to do. I was expecting that when I got to my car and I don’t mind telling you that I was all ready to explode.
Then I saw the actual flyer—“YOU’VE BEEN RACK’d” it said—“Random Acts of Christmas Kindness” courtesy of our 2nd and 3rd grade Sunday School class. I was all ready to unleash my anger on someone and now I felt guilty for having such thoughts. That little message stayed with me all day—I’ve Been Rack’d”!! God works in mysterious ways, no?? (P.S.—my message came complete with a small candy cane attached☺)
Just heard today that The Last Minute Toy Store served over 5,400 children. These were children that were NOT being served by any other agency in town. That’s more children than ever before and we United Methodists should all feel gratified that together, we were able to serve our community in such a profound way. So many of you gave gifts and gift cards for the store—thousands of dollars worth of gifts and cards were given.
Please accept our deep gratitude for all you did. A special word of thanks to Anne and Wayne Underhill who were coordinating not just OUR church’s donations, but also the donations of all the other UMC’s in our area. That was a big job and we are especially thankful to them.
You can see God at work all around you if you are willing to look. I promise you will have some God sightings this Sunday, Christmas Eve. In addition to our combined morning worship service at 10:30 (no Sunday School), we will then have our children and family-friendly Christmas Eve service at 3:00. Then at 7:00 and 11:00 we will celebrate with candlelight communion and amazing music from our Chancel Choir and special guests.
I hope you will make a special effort to attend one of these services and if there was ever a time you would want to invite a guest, a neighbor, a friend or a family member, Christmas Eve is the perfect occasion.
PEACE ON EARTH