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Advent Expectations II – Keep Warm

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.Romans 15:13

It’s cold today. Yes, I am pointing out the obvious, but it’s the realization that it hasn’t been cold like this in a few years here in the city. November was exceptionally warm, apparently six degrees above the average expected temperatures for the month. I remember growing up that November would almost always feature a cold snap, which meant average daily highs somewhere south of -20C, and some lows bottoming out below -30C. This particular cold snap, perhaps a little late, isn’t going to be as severe as others we have had. The lowest temperature anticipated over the next two weeks is a frosty -27C. Even though we are predicted to have a colder-than-normal winter, memories of much colder ones.

So what does the cold have to do with my morning reflection, aside from the fact that it’s quintessentially the Canadian thing to do? Warmth. Staying warm is a matter of survival, and becomes our goal when we are out in the midst of the cold. Warmth, sometimes, is what we are looking for in this season of darkness and cold. Warmth isn’t just a physical thing, but also a warmth for ourselves in the midst of a season of a frenetic pace that sometimes leaves us cold.

In Advent, we use symbols, like candles, that provide literal warmth in cold, and light in darkness. Maybe we need to take a bit of time to think of what metaphorical candles we can light to provide us with warmth and light for our souls.

Yours in Christ,

John

Upcoming Events

  • Silent Auction
    • Our Silent Auction is now underway! The bidding period is from November 20ththrough December 11th. Items in the auction will be on display at our annual Christmas Dinner, but are also on display on the church’s website.
  • Vivaldi Gloria
    • The Fourth Sunday of Advent welcomes the Amici Strings and guest soloists to join the choir as Antonio Vivaldi’s classic “Gloria” forms the centrepiece of the worship service. Please mark this on your calendars!
  • Christmas Eve Worship Services
    • We are holding two worship services on Christmas Eve. The first is at 7pm, and will feature several anthems from the choir, as well as an opportunity for the Children who are present to participate in a short come-as-you-are telling of the Christmas story.  The second service, at 11pm, is a quieter candlelight communion.
  • Congregational Membership Classes
    • If you or someone you know would like to formalize membership with St. Matthew’s, I am hoping to run a membership class in the next few months.  If you are interested, please email me, call me at the church, or speak with me directly on Sunday mornings.

 

Church Office Hours

  • Wendy’s regular office hours are Mondays, 11am-3pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday from 9am-3pm.
  • My regular office hours during the day are Sunday through Thursdays from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Pastoral care visits and community meetings sometimes require that I be out of the office from time to time during those hours.

 

 

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