When you read this month’s newsletter, Thanksgiving will be over, and we will be in the Advent season at church. As I grow older, I appreciate and enjoy the Advent season more. It is a season of hope, a season that prepares us for the consummation of time, when Christ Jesus will come and take us home; so that where he is, we may be also. We know Jesus will come again: he has promised to do so. This promise is grounded in God’s promise to come to us as a shepherd and gather his flock together and feed them. God will do this by setting up over his people his servant David—one who is descended from David. And so at Christmas we celebrate the Incarnation, God’s first coming to us as the babe of Bethlehem, descended from David. The season of Advent brings these two events together—the birth of Jesus and Jesus’ second coming. Maranatha! (Come Lord Jesus)
Each day the sunlight grows shorter, reminding us of the ending of the year. Light, which represents truth and life, is passing away. Darkness, which represents chaos and death, is becoming more prevalent. Sometimes life does seem to be heading in that direction. There is so much evil going on in our world! Yet we have hope for we know our Lord has promised to be with us and he has already conquered death and the forces of darkness and evil. We need not fear. Come what may, God is in control and is victorious. All this is what the season of Advent teaches us. Cheer up, the daylight will get longer. Blue skies are on the way!
Switching gears, I want to thank the people who volunteer so much at our church. I know there are people who just don’t know all that goes on at RLC. It takes a lot of people to accomplish all the ministries we do. I’m so thankful for those who enhance our worship services with music. Thank you to Kristin Burdey and the wonderful job she does with the Praise Team and the Cherub Choir (they did an awesome job Nov. 19). Thank you to Helen Peterson and the Valley Gospel Singers and to the singers of G Sharp. A special thanks to Donna Boyum who accompanies them on the piano. We appreciate their gift of music to us.
Finally thank you to all who cheerfully support the ministries of RLC by your financial contributions. As the apostle Paul has written, God has given gifts to each of us to build up the body of Christ. So often we mention gifts of different kinds—teaching, music, property upkeep, kitchen help, cooking, cleaning, etc.—but we forget to thank those who contribute of their financial resources to make all these ministries possible. I’m not just referring to large gifts but to sacrificial gifts that people make because of a thankful heart and a love for their Lord and neighbors. May God bless all of you for all you have done throughout the year. Shalom, Pastor Roger Michaelson