Let us set aside the cares of our day and open our eyes to the wonder of God. With an attitude of empathy to the people of another time let us open our hearts and minds to God. Let us experience God’s word to us through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John.” Luke 1:11-13
This begins the Advent season, what are some of the ways that you practice Advent in your life?
What might God be inviting me to be or to know or understand?
The angel’s first words are “do not be afraid” is there an area in your life that God is instructing you not to be afraid?
During the week...
Consider in the quiet moments – before bed, while doing a simple task. How might God be leading me through this passage? How is the noise in my life, especially the noise I make creating an obstacle to hearing God?
God grant us the wisdom and courage this week to be opened to surprises. To taste and see your presence in new ways. To trust you will do good and joyful things in our lives and in the world. Amen
Grace and Peace,
This is the second week of Advent. Bring a candle to light together at the beginning of service, https://gnjumc.zoom.us/j/98657500877 .
We will begin assembling our Christmas Packages for Clymer, we would like to collect all the cards by Dec 15th. If you have someone you would like to receive a package of cheer please email their mailing address to email@example.com
New: Honor Loved Ones
Each year we decorate our altar with beautiful poinsettias given in honor of loved ones. This year since we will be bringing the beauty of our church outside. We are purchasing a beautiful outdoor nativity; we want to be a beacon of hope to those who drive by. You are invited to share a gift of $25 to honor a loved one, a listing of donors will be included in the Christmas letter. Mail donations to Simply Grace UMC, PO Box 86, Bloomsbury, NJ 08804. Include a note for whom this gift is in “memory” or “honor”. Any questions contact Nancy Huber, firstname.lastname@example.org
There is one Angel Tree gift left. 1 piece of clothing size M-L (likes Harry Styles and One Direction) Ashley - girl - age 14 Please contact Sonja if you can take care of this. email@example.com
Food For Friends
The pandemic has affected all the world, and our friends from La Esperanza, Honduras have suffered too. (Now have the added burden of two devastating hurricanes that have hit the country). This year we will be sending a financial gift to support 8 families in purchasing food and necessities for the winter. You may give on PAYPAL https://www.bloomsburyumc.com/mission or mail a check to Simply Grace UMC PO Box 86, Bloomsbury, NJ 08804, mark Honduras for both options. Thanks for your generosity.
Finally, we would like to finish off 2020 in a good financial shape. Thank you for your generosity. Please know all gifts must be postmarked by Dec 31 to be applied to 2020 taxes.
Worship is happening live on Zoom at 9:30 till end of 2020.
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