On this third Sunday of advent, our dear brother and associate minister Chris honors God in praise and worship with his most thoughtful sermon concerning not just the main protagonists in the story of Jesus’ birth, but the minor supporting characters too. Working from the gospel according to Luke, Chris asks us to think about the Shepherds who saw an angle and received word that the messiah is to be born. He goes on to ask how we can serve God in our own way, even if our part is very small or mundane in the ongoing story of Christ Jesus. As Chris puts it: “faithful, quiet, obscure obedience does matter to God.”
Sadly this will be our last chance to hear one of Chris’ sermons as he is heading south on December 20th, back to his home town after serving this church so faithfully for the last year-and-a-half. Among other things, Chris has been our youth minister and our principle worship leader in that time. He has brought us new songs to sing in God’s praise and introduced us to new friends such as Scott Lippiatt. We have been blessed to have Chris with us for the time that God has allowed, and we now must say farewell dear Brother, safe travels, and keep in touch. We will keep you in our hearts and in our prayers as you follow new callings and new oportunities to serve. Your humble and gentle spirit will be surely missed. God bless you.