From Pastor Becker’s heart to yours…

Posted by on Dec 19, 2013 in Pastor's Desk | No Comments

Once again, we see the days growing shorter. The power of darkness as a physical and spiritual reality seems increasingly indisputable. Once again, the faithful in Christ Jesus enter the season of Advent – a sea-son of expectation, anticipation, preparation, and above all, hope. This crucial question confronts us: what power, if any, does this darkness have over us? We see all too clearly the darkness of unemployment, the darkness of lingering physical, mental and emotional distress, the darkness of disrupted relationships, the darkness of debt, the darkness of diminishing freedom, senseless violence and the list goes on.

While we might experience a sense of joy and wonder as we light candles in the safety of the sanctuary, how do we go about lighting candles and not cursing the darkness in our daily hustle and bustle?
We shall wrestle with that question in our mid-week Advent services!

12/4 Darkness in Paradise
12/11 Darkness in the Palace
12/18 Darkness in the Exile
12/24 Darkness in Bethlehem

As you will learn at our Voter’s meeting on December 8, we are not exactly experiencing an economic boom, a surplus of finances. In fact, our giving has not kept pace with our expenses. The Board of Directors has tried to tighten our belt and be as conservative as possible with the resources entrusted to us. Truth be told, irregular attendance means irregular offerings; and even worse, when members of the body lapse (fall away), their offerings usually fall away with them. As your Pastor, I pray and work daily for three things:

That all members would be regular and faithful in their worship and giving, and thus enjoy optimum spiritual health and blessings;
That the lapsed would be reconnected to our fellowship through the caring friendships of their brothers and sisters in Christ, or find a new church home, and
That we would attract and keep new members who were previously in the darkness or not connected to a healthy part of the body of Christ.

In the meantime, what can we do? I hope and pray that we will take advantage of these beautiful Advent services, culminating in the celebration of the birth of our Savior, by expressing through our generous giving how much we have been loved and forgiven. Finally, would you ask God who you could invite to an Advent service, to Christmas Eve? In that way, they might receive the best gift of all, one that money cannot buy.

Pastor Paul Becker
“I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the LORD.’” (Psalm 122:1)