Looking Forward to Sunday
Thursday December 1st, 2011 By Brent Russett
It has been a few weeks since I wrote LFTS. There were a couple of weeks of craziness, followed by a week of holidays. (At least they were technically holidays – I spent the week catching up on school work) But it is great to get a chance to write LFTS again. I like writing this e-letter, in that it is the kind of things that I would tell you if I bumped into you – but I don’t get a chance to bump into 300 people every week. (And I would be pretty sore if I did)
Some good news and some bad news. There was a huge offering last week. It came in at somewhere north of $12000. The bad news is that are still about $9500 in the red (spent more than we have) year to date. Some people like to give at the end of the year because of the tax advantages. Just a reminder if that is you, your offerings have to be in before December 31st. In years past we have allowed people to give into the new year and count it as December offering. Our auditors were not happy with this practice so we have had to change. January 1st is a Sunday so Christmas day is the last Sunday in December so you may want to plan accordingly.
It is the first day of December. Christmas lights come out. Christmas shopping starts in earnest. But around the Russett household it is celebrated because it close to moustache removal day. My moustache will survive one more day because I am attending a Moustache Gala tonight with Mo Moustache Brothers (and apparently sisters) There will be prizes awarded for the best moustache. I don’t think I am in the running. A moustache made me look older when I was 27. It still makes me look older at 48 –teetering on 49. My hair is blond and my moustache is grey, with just enough of a hint of reddish brown to make one wonder if I didn’t get last night’s spaghetti sauce off. Oh well, the indignity of it all was all for a good cause of raising money for prostate cancer research.
I don’t know about you but I often feel conflicted around Christmas. As a Christian, I want Christmas to be about Jesus – but there is a lot of materialism in the season. I know that Advent is actually a time to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus – but it becomes a challenge amidst all the Christmas parties, Christmas shopping, and Christmas busyness.
I have been reflecting on Luke 5 and 6 this week. In those chapters we find Jesus going to a “secular” party. We find Jesus being questioned about why he and his disciples are partying so much and fasting so little. We find Jesus, much to the chagrin of some, interrupting the sombre Sabbath with a miracle that brings life.
What I take from this is that parties and celebrations and the joy of the season are not in conflict with Jesus. Now you and I know that there is a way to party that brings life to the heart, and there is a way to party that brings death to the heart. There is a way to enter into the Christmas festivities that bring joy – or to that brings regret. I would encourage you to take those opportunities for celebration and be like Jesus. There will be other times for you to do the work of the heart. Take those opportunities as well. The gospel is about life. Where ever you are, be all there – with Jesus.
Looking Forward to Sunday
This Sunday I am speaking at the Grosvenor Site, and Pastor Matthew is speaking at the downtown site. The scripture passage is Mark 1:1-8 I am going to entitle my message “Filling in Spiritual Potholes”.
Sunnyside Wesleyan Church is located at two sites:
The Grosvenor site is at 58 Grosvenor Ave, Ottawa, ON. The service times at the Grosvenor site are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (Map)
The Downtown site is at Alumni Theatre in the Jock Turcot building on the University of Ottawa Campus. (Map) The service time at this site is 10 a.m. Services in both locations usually last about 75 minutes.
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Advent 11 Candle : Peace will be light this Sunday
Columbia Team Medical Clinic Babysitting Fundraiser: Dec. 10th 9am – 12pm : GV Basement
Children’s Christmas Presentation & Dessert Pot Luck: December 11th @5pm
If you are interested in a Mentoring relationship please contact Pastor Brent or Sandy Saleh
Trustees Meeting on December 6th