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The Preacher's Post: Seasons and reasons
If you’re reading this, I’m sure that means that
you’re not getting done all of the other obligatory things you
need to take care of this holiday seasons – hang decorations,
wrap presents, cook meals, attend parties, host parties, take children
to rehearsals for Christmas programs, attend the actual Christmas
programs, send Christmas cards, send Christmas gifts, listen to
Christmas music, watch Hallmark Christmas movies, and shop … for
everything. How can you afford to be wasting your precious time reading
Seriously – why are you still reading this?
All joking aside, I’m hoping you’re still with me because you share my conviction that there’s more to Christmas than all this … stuff. Yes, we can get caught up in any of these things – and even enjoy them! – but it’s easy for the celebrations, the end of year details, or whatever other distractions that December might mean for you to pull us off course and blind us to the fact that Christmas is a time of pondering the presence of God in our world and in our lives. How is God present and near? Why is God present and near? These are just a couple of questions that the story of Jesus Christ
entering the world in a back alley stable behind an inn in some backwater little town like Bethlehem should leave us considering. And this is the reason we spend an entire season of Advent preparing for Christmas – because if we tried to fathom the mystery of God’s desire to draw us close and love us, we’d find ourselves overwhelmed trying to get to the bottom of it all in just one day!
So, I hope you’re enjoying all of the things that lift your soul and bring you joy in this season. But I hope you’re also finding some time to pray and to ponder the love of a God who would move heaven and earth just to be a little closer to you. Here’s hoping your Christmas is not only merry but blessed.
Yours in wonder,
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)