Monday, November 23, 2015

Prepare the Way!

 The title of this blog is also the title of an anthem in our church music library.  I'm sorry if you think it's too early for a blog about Christmas, but I must warn you it is only a month until The Big Day, and we need to prepare.

    Many of us have already begun to prepare by making Christmas cakes and setting them in a crock to age, or baking Christmas cookies and putting them in the freezer to be brought out when company comes through our doors.  At SPPC we've put out a call for helpers to decorate the sanctuary as we prepare for our Advent and Christmas services.

  The Living Flame choir is preparing a short entertainment to present at the Celebration of Advent on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 7:00 pm. It's not too late to take part in that concert, or help with the refreshments afterward.  See Diane if you'd like to be involved.  

     White Gift Sunday on December 13 invites us to prepare our hearts by remembering those in need.  At Bible Study last week, we talked about giving -- publicly or privately.  The danger of public giving is that it may be more about the giver than the reason for the gift. It may give the donor a sense of well-being to be generous, but that is the end of his reward.  The private giver also receives that sense of well-being but is also promised reward in heaven.    Matt 6: 2-4.  White Gift Sunday is an opportunity to give secretly -- all those anonymous white-wrapped parcels -- they'll  help to brighten the season for others and help you fulfil God's command to generosity.   

    Many community groups are putting on Christmas events and asking for donations -- to the food bank, to Our Place, to overseas missions, -- the list is endless.  It's always wise to check out a charity before making a donation, be sure they are registered and find out how much of your giving goes to the cause and how much goes to administration.    It's nice to note that donations to religious charities rate highest on the efficiency scale.   So, if you are wondering where best to spend your charitable dollars, PWS&D or Presbyterians Sharing are good choices.  
    However you spend the next five weeks, I hope you prepare -- prepare for love, joy, hope, and peace.  Prepare for Jesus.

1 comment:

  1. This blog is so true.
    Some 50 years ago I left home for the first time and went to a new church. Following the first service I attended a young man asked me out for coffee, he became my very best friend, my husband and wonderful my life has been with him.