Fourth Sunday of Advent -- Sheep, Donkeys, Lambs, and Shepherds

posted Dec 17, 2021, 11:22 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

Blessings of Advent joy to you!

I am looking forward to being back with you in worship this Fourth Sunday of Advent after having recovered from a nasty bout of sinusitis. And do we have a wonderful worship that is sure to fill your heart with joy and love, because we are celebrating the gifts of our children and youth who will present our Christmas Pageant — The Friendly Beasts — adapted by our own Nancy Coffin. There will be shepherds, sheep, lambs, donkeys, and . . . well, you will just have to come to church to see what else! Colin Russo will be our Advent candle lighting reader, and he and his family will light the last purple candle of Love. And what better way to celebrate children than by welcoming a little one into the Church Universal through the sacrament of baptism? Yes, indeed, we will be baptizing a young one too this Sunday. After worship, please come up to the Education Building for our annual Christmas party where we will have plenty of tasty food, desserts, juice, coffee, and tea. I have been told that Santa, Mrs. Claus, and their elves will be making an appearance to the delight of our children. So come to church this Sunday at 10:30 AM in person or on FaceBook live to wait and expect the hope, peace, joy, and love of the soon-coming birth of Jesus. 

In gratitude for the privilege of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish

As you are aware, the numbers of COVID-19 infections have risen rapidly in our area, especially the highly transmissible Omicron variant. Just yesterday NJ reported 7,223 new cases, the most we’ve seen in just a little under a year. As your pastor who loves and cares for you, I strongly urge you to keep doing what you’ve been doing for 20 months — wear your mask, wash your hands frequently, and practice safe social interactions — as it is my prayer that each and every one of you remain healthy and well. That said, every one must wear a mask for worship and ALL indoor church events. Thank you for your cooperation in loving yourself, your neighbor, and keeping everyone safe and healthy.