Second Sunday of Advent: Peace

posted Dec 6, 2019, 7:42 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Advent greetings and blessings to you!


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid (John 14.27).


And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4.7).


In a few days we will enter into the Second Sunday of Advent and celebrate the peace that the Christ Child brings into the world. It is a peace that is given to the nations, where “the wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid . . .” A peace for all people given to us through the birth of a vulnerable baby.


But this baby grew into a child, then a teenager, and finally a man who would be called the Prince of Peace. As he lived as an adult, and before he died and returned to God, he left us with his peace — an uncommon peace, not what we think of as the world defines. 


As I’ve been reflecting on the peace of Advent, I’ve also been wondering what does it mean to live in this space of peace — the kind that surpasses all of our imaginings and understanding? What is it exactly to experience the peace of Christ and not live in fear, or allow our hearts to be troubled? What does this look like? How does it feel to have peace in a frenetic fast-paced world that seems to be both resisting and also crying out for such a holy peace? I invite you to reflect with me on these questions and seek the Christ Child’s peace in the coming week, and I would love to hear how God answers you. 


Let us begin this journey together of seeking God’s peace on Sunday at 10:30 AM as we worship the Prince of Peace. We have very special music for our worship with Amy Caporaso on violin. She will be playing “Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring” and “Ave Maria,” with Judith Daugherty on piano.  Dan Pannebaker will be our worship leader. I will be preaching from Isaiah 11.1-10 and Matthew 3.1-12 and my sermon title is A Signal for the Peoples. Please note we will not have coffee hour after worship. But, come back to church (and bring a friend!) at 3 PM for our December Songbook Concert with a gathering afterwards in the Education Building. A free will offering will be taken to support the music ministry of the church. Beloved, our Director of Music, Judith Daugherty, has planned a beautiful program of music and song. You heart will certainly be blessed and your soul stirred.


I look forward to welcoming you to God’s house on Sunday! In the meantime, may the peace of Christ be with you.


In gratitude for the joy of being your Pastor and the holy call of loving you,


Pastor Trish

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