This is the season when we give time and effort to gift-giving: Christmas presents, charitable donations, hosting dinners and parties. It all makes the spirit of this season wonderful…and full!  But in the midst of all the planning and purchasing we can forget the message of this Advent season. This is the time we reflect on the gift that has come to us: Emmanuel, God with us. It is that gift that has changed our lives. It is that gracious gift that has prompted our graciousness in turn as gift-givers. I wonder whether we overlook this in the midst of our busyness being givers ourselves? So here is a small suggestion by way of Advent spiritual practice. Each time you purchase or give a gift mentally acknowledge God in a very brief prayer: “Thank you for being the first gift giver.” Imagine the next three weeks, what you will be doing, and how often you may find yourself saying this prayer. My hunch is that this practice will prepare our hearts well for the gratitude we will feel come Christmas day!

Rev. Peter Coutts


This month…..

  • Tuesdays at 12:15 pm Advent Chapel Services
  • Sunday December 10th following worship – Youth Bake Sale
  • Sunday December 17th @ 10:00am – Participatory pageant

Christmas Eve Services:

  • 10:00am – Morning Worship, guest musician Deanna McGregor
  • 7:00 pm – Service of Lessons & Carols
  • 10:00 pm – Candlelight service
One in Christ, Reaching Out to Many