From the Pastor’s Study –

Advent is a season of preparing for the arrival Christ.  As such it should involve clearing away anything that would hinder our welcome of Jesus; making ‘room’ in our lives and hearts for him.

As we think back two millennia to his arrival in Bethlehem, we know that his arrival was not in the way many expected; and his life and ministry did not play out according to their preconceived ideas.  But he did come; and to “all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave the power to become children of God.” (John 1:12).

We as a congregation have decided to organize ourselves in a different way; and part of this change is align what we do with our mission of ‘making new disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.’  None of us fully knows how this will play out; there are likely to be plenty of bumps in this new path.

I would challenge us all to think of this Advent season as a time to prepare ourselves for this new arrangement; above all, be ready for a fresh start with Christ in the new year.  Hear again the promises, the prophecies about the Christ; welcome him anew in the days of Christmas; and anticipate new adventures in our lives as disciples.

– Pastor Ron Troup

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Faith UMC, Sunbury, PA –

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PO Box 387, Sunbury, PA  17801

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