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While preparing for this month’s post, I flipped back to have a look at last December’s Newsette and boy have things changed! Immediately beneath my post last year was an article announcing my installation service on January 8th – which I ended up missing because I was sick! – along with announcements about all of the things coming up in the beginning of a new calendar year. So on the one hand, it’s nice to know that we won’t be announcing another installation service. (We’ve already gone down that road before - Haha!) Yet on the other hand, I can’t help but note that here we are, back in Advent, beginning the familiar cycle all over again. While I find something comforting in the routine of it all, I simultaneously find encouragement and inspiration as well – that every year after Thanksgiving our worship life moves from birth to baptism, from temptation to crucifixion, from resurrection to ascension through Pentecost and beyond! Every year, I look back and find myself awed that these familiar patterns have somehow managed to give rise to new possibilities; offering us a gracious repetition of God’s story of resurrection and renewal.
Leave it to a preacher to drag you ahead from Christmas to Easter, right? But if we think about it, birth, re-birth, resurrection, and renewal are at the very heart of the gospel that we proclaim. God is doing a new thing – even when we’re not quite ready to perceive or receive it! And even as I celebrate this familiar season of Advent and Christmas, I can’t help but look ahead with a sense of anticipation for the renewal we might yet experience in this coming year as we open ourselves to being born anew as God’s community. It’s been a wonderful journey that we’ve shared over this past year+ thus far, and I have no doubt there is more wonder yet to be shared in the year to come.
Have a blessed Christmas, and let’s make this a truly wonderful new year!
Yours in Christ,
Christian Church of Bremerton is a diverse group of people seeking to
respond to the vision of God's purpose revealed through Jesus the
We believe this vision calls us to be an intentional community, which engages persons in Christian practices. These practices include the Lord's Supper, joyful worship, Bible Study, prayer, service, and inclusive hospitality. We anticipate being open to all people, discerning how we can respond to needs within and beyond our congregation. As a community we will listen to and bear one another's burdens, and work on behalf of justice for all God's people.
To embrace and manifest Christ-like relationships in our community, we desire to communicate Jesus' death on the cross and bear witness to His resurrection as a sign of hope in this world. We seek to realize this hope by finding ways to overcome the forces that degrade, enslave and oppress God's creation.
In this vision we seek to know, to discern, and to act on the Holy Spirit's guidance to become an expression of God's new creation through our personal gifts and resources. In our actions we strive "to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with [our] God." (Micah 6:8c)
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