Sunday, November 29, 2009

Sunday at SPUMC - Nov. 29, 2009

"No man is an iceberg drifting on the ocean of history. Each one of us belongs to a great family, in which he has his own place and his own role to play."
--Pope John Paul II

Usually on Sundays, I give an update of what happened at church today... But I wasn't there! I hope any of you who read this can fill in the blanks for me... I feel adrift when I'm not able to be at the weekly family party!

Here's what I do know:

During the Education Hour
**The children began talking about the season of Advent and God's promise to send a Savior. They were also given an Advent "Take-out Box" Devotional - a set of devotionals, a journal, and a candle to encourage the families to take time together this season and share scripture, prayer, and blessings.
**There was no Confirmation due to Thanksgiving Break.
**The Wired Word, our current events class, talked about rules and how they pertain to our walk with Jesus - which rules are timeless and which are time-limited.
**And our new Bible/Book Study for Advent began a discussion of "The Advent Conspiracy." There are still books available in the Narthex if you'd like to get in on the discussion!

The worship service was focused on Simplicity and "The Overlooked" Christmas Relatives. We've begun the lighting of the Advent wreath, singing the traditional Christmas tunes, and even singing the Doxology to the tune of "O Christmas Tree!" This Sunday the story of "The Pause" was shared - and all were invited to take home a pretty little package to remind them of being still, taking a rest, and appreciating this holy season. Oops! Carol reminded me to tell you that the little box was empty! It represents a "pause" - taking a break from the busy-ness of the season and enjoying the moment, opening your heart, and letting God in. Thanks Carol! After church, the Hanging of the Greens took place. All the decorations went up and a festive (and I heard, delicious) meal was served! Many thanks to the organizers and the cooks!

I've heard a lot of good things about today! I wish I could have been with you! (Did I leave anything out?)


  1. I think you nailed the day!
    We are loving the Advent Devotional/Take Out Box! It is a hit!

  2. You forgot to mention that the little gift box we were given is empty! This symbolizes our need to pause, listen to silence, wait for Christmas love to enter our hearts.