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December 4, 2020


On this second Sunday of Advent we light the candle of Peace. We typically hear Isaiah telling us that the valleys will be lifted and the mountains made low, and we hear John the Baptist telling us in rather excited fashion to “Prepare!”

But this year is hardly “typical,” as we all know.

In a day when our traditions are (temporarily) wiped out and our familiar lives have been upended, what new meaning might arise this Advent season as we prepare for the birth of the Christ?  We are in a unique opportunity, invited to find new spiritual depth and to re-create our lives in ways that honour peace with each other and peace with the Earth. I’ll explore this with you on Sunday.

Please join us for a Zoom Coffee and Fellowship time this Sunday morning from 10:00 – 10:30. Click here to enter the Zoom room.

At 10:30 this Sunday, we’ll gather in spirit to share in worship via YouTube. If you would like to join the YouTube chat with other members of RUC, please sign into your YouTube account. In-person worship services are suspended for now.

Also, Wednesday evenings 7:00 – 7:15 is an Advent Meditation on Zoom— a chance to re-set and share with other RUC members in readings, reflection, and silence. All are welcome, even if you missed last week.

If you would like to come into the sanctuary for a time of personal prayer or conversation, please let me know and I’m happy to arrange your safe, private visit. Email me at valerie@riverbendunited.org or call my cell: 780.983.1238.

These are not days to wait idly as the world spins. These are days to reach deep into our roots where love pours forth and fills the empty spaces. Such a unique opportunity.

In our prayers this week, we are grateful that Bruce and Marie MacLean and family are all doing well in their healing from Co-Vid, and that Nathan Mills is home from the hospital following complications from a surgery last month.

Please see this week’s Children’s Lesson & Announcements below, including a link to the new edition of the Front Pew if you missed it last week.

Peace in these days,