Ponderings for November 25 2019

Are you ready for a short week? Probably lots of family…and food! That will be true for me and Sue as well. 
Coming right on the heels of Thanksgiving this year is the beginning of Advent. Our church, like the historical church, makes a big deal out of Advent. I learned recently that the observing of Advent is a commemorating of the three “Comings” of Christ. (You will see a video on Facebook this Saturday where a friend and I discuss this at length.) 
Our practices during Advent are meant to remind us of the Lord’s First Coming in Bethlehem; his Personal Coming into our lives by faith; and his Second Coming at the end of the age. These “Comings” act as perspectives in light of which we live our lives: Because of the Coming of Christ, I believe and behave differently.
As I mentioned in the worship services yesterday, this Advent at Trinity we are being called to act Christ-like and lovingly in three ways: personally, locally, and globally.
Personally: Your church staff has come up with 25 deliberate acts of kindness and love that you can choose to do throughout the month of December. Already yesterday several have told me what they intend to do from the roster of ideas that we provided.
Locally: We are called to reach out to our community (#WeLOVELakeCounty) by providing food to students in need in our area. Through December 15, we will be collecting food items (no perishable food) and food gift cards that will benefit those who will not have access to their school cafeteria while on break.
Globally: We are buying a bus in India! This bus is to transport the children of women trapped in temple prostitution and sex trade (they are called Jogini or devadasi). Providing these children with a Christ-centered education (and the means of getting to school) is crucial in getting them out of this system. “$40K for 40 Kids” is what we are calling this project (as the bus with a capacity of 40 seats costs $40,000). To learn more about these children, watch this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qq6V9d9rw4
Our theme this Christmas season is Love Came Down. This is a call to embrace and emulate the love of God on display for us in the Coming of Christ. These three areas of action represent Trinity’s plan for our active and loving Advent season.
That’s it for now,
Pastor Paul