Saint John's Lutheran Church 155 North Street Jersey City NJ 07307
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In these weeks of cold, short days, Christmas is coming. At St. John’s we are close to our liturgical seasons: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter and Pentecost punctuate our year. This year we may have missed some celebrations because 2020 has been so marked by the pandemic. Maybe the faithful should strive to embrace Christmas this year. Unto us a Savior is born! That is a good thing. That is good news.
Christmas reminds us that God came down and the faithful may want and need to feel that joy. St. John’s is preparing for Christmas, we are immersed in it. The food, gifts, the expectation, incarnation. Come…come…Lord, Jesus!! Let us mask up, social distance, and sanitize! But also let us welcome the Lord into our space. Worship him, praise him, receive him!
Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth. In Advent we hear the gospel cry in the wilderness, even while we are in our own wilderness. Jesus is “God with us”. Christ the Messiah is come to stir up our power from God, who is here. Let us rejoice in the Lord. God bless your Christmas! Bless our neighbors celebrating Hanukah. What we need to know now, is that God is with us. It has slowly dawned on us, that we gave good reason to be afraid because the COVID 19 virus is a constant threat. But still Jesus is born, and this Savior is our way through our crises. We expect and hope, we believe and worship our God, as Jesus comes into our world. This is the time to rejoice in the Lord. We have time and space for that this Advent.
An offering envelope has been mailed out so that you can contribute by mail to St. John Lutheran Church, 155 North Street, Jersey City, NJ 07307. You can make your faith known by supporting SJ’s ministry in the midst of crisis. Our church tells the story of God’s only Son, who was born to a woman, for the sake for the world. God is made known to our troubled world by faith and action. You can also support the mission by donating through our website e-giving e-giving & Resources. God makes love and mercy known through us, even when it seems that the wilderness world is bleak and desolate. AMEN.
Pastor Mona Fitch-Elliott