Church of the Advent

November 8, 2020 at 8am & 10am
The Diocese is allowing for in-person services per their guidelines - see earlier email.

8:00 am Service - In Person

10:00am Service - In Person with Live Streaming via Facebook:
Coffee hour will follow the service, with our Expresso Priest, Jason.

on Sunday's New Testament Reading

What a week it has been; at times peaceful, at times stressful; most of the time exhausting.

No doubt, the source of my exhaustion this week has been the drama of the election and from the amount of news that I have consumed over the last 72 hour-- all with the intent of "staying informed."

Although I could probably have functioned just fine--arguably even better-- without having a steady stream of political information flowing as I worked on my various weekly tasks, it mattered to me for some reason to know in real time what was going on.

In today's section of St. Paul's letter to the Thessalonians, St. Paul wants them to not to "be uninformed" about what happens to someone who has died before the parousia (that is, the awaited return of Jesus). Not because he felt it necessary to feed them all of the latest happenings of the world (something virtually impossible 2,000 years ago) but because he wanted them to have some perspective that would give them the ability to process daily events (like the recent death of their loved ones) within a proper framework of Christian hope and understanding.

Last Sunday was All Saints day, and Monday was the Commemoration of All Faithful Departed, also known as All Souls Day, which was a time for all of us to not only remember all that have died before the parousia; but also a time to put our own lives in perspective. A time to think about what how our faith and our identity as Christians informs and affects our own daily lives.

This video of Bishop Michael Curry being interviewed on the Today Show helped me this week to put all of the news in perspective. My hope and prayer is that it will do the same for you.

Sisters and brothers, stay informed! And know what it means to be a people of faith, hope, and love.

Sunday, November 8, 2020
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On the TODAY Show
The still-undecided election has thrown deep divisions in America into dramatic relief. Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, joins TODAY to remind us that the Great Seal of the United States bears the motto “E pluribus unum”: “From many, one.” “We all came here on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now,” he says.
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