A Post from Rob Ryden

Pastor Abraham Johnson

Abraham Johnson

Greetings Emmaus, the following post has been contributed by our fearless Worship Director, Rob Ryden.  Thanks, Rob!  ~Pastor Abe

 

Hello Emmaus!

Well the season of Advent is nigh! And we kick it off at Emmaus this weekend with a prayer vigil on Saturday (7am-7pm — you’re invited to come any hour of the day and join in the praying for our church/town/world/families/neighbors) and our first Advent Sunday morning on Dec. 3 at 8:45 & 11:00! We are also gathering Sunday later afternoon at 4:30pm for our annual Advent Vespers Worship Service (a lovely mix of music, scripture & poetry to usher you into the season) and following that up with a meal together in our Fellowship Hall @ 5:30 or so!! We’d love to have you come to any or all of these gatherings as we enter into Advent with anticipation and intention…

On that point, back on November 19, Pastor Abe concluded a 3-week series on Generosity (time/talent/money) with a pretty specific challenge. He reminded us of three powerful scriptures that deal with the topic of generosity —  Psalm 112, Isaiah 55, Proverbs 2 — and invited us to consider one (or more!) of the following as we strive to live out our calling to be generous people:

1. Do a heart check — read & consider these scriptures and pray/meditate over how God is calling us to be kingdom people…

2. Assess your December budget for seed — it might be $2 or it might be $200 — that we can sow into God’s kingdom…

3. Find a way to commit to a cause or an organization that you feel God is calling you to (at Emmaus we have partnered locally with the Northfield Community Action Center and internationally with World Vision) — even if only for the short-term — and pay attention to what happens, both through that work and in your own heart as you lean into that effort…

4. Read a book about the issues of justice & generosity in the world. Perhaps read it together with your family or a book/Bible study group and share your insights about possible applications as you make your way through your reading…

5. Spend time with generous people — for perhaps we ourselves will grow to be more generous as we observe generosity in action. God has surrounded us with a great cloud of witnesses to his goodness and character. We should be learning the virtues of giving from others who are doing so in the name of Jesus…

So there it is!  Maybe in those quiet first (or in my household, last!) hours of the day you can take up some of these challenges for the season. However you choose to do it, our prayer for you is a peaceful, purposeful Advent that delivers you to Christmas with your heart full and your arms open to this old world!

Praying for peace on earth and in your little corner of it.

Warmly,

Rob

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