Pikes Peak United Methodist Church
Pikes Peak United Methodist Church
Friday, February 21, 2020
Come, Love, Grow, Share

 From the Pastor's Pen...

     Advent 2019!  Four Sundays and the days in between to reflect on the celebration of the birth of Christ.  One commentary mentioned that “waiting in the Advent season is a reflection of our whole lives… (because) we are waiting for the last Advent – when there will be a new heaven and a new earth.”   
     The author, Donna VanLiere wrote, “For some reason I have always assumed that when God wanted our attention, God would do something big that would rouse us from sleep to bring us back to God.”  I agree!  Something BIG!  What could be bigger than:
     And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.  An angel of the Lord appeared to them [is that big enough?] and the glory of the Lord shone around them [how ‘bout that?]  and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all people.” ~ Luke 2:8-10 NIV
     T-H-E-R-E it is… GOOD NEWS ~ GREAT JOY ~ FOR ALL PEOPLE. Talk about something to celebrate! That God loves us….so much as to send the Son, Emmanuel, to live among us.   And not just the world but USspecifically! That God is with us… closer than our breath, not absent or distant.   
     As Rick Warren says in his book The Purpose of Christmas

“When God is near, we lose our fear!” And that God is for us…God sent Jesus into the world to save, not condemn. The God who …set the stars in their places…says  “I love you.   I AM with you.  I AM for you.” 
     As I say on many Sundays, “no matter who you are OR where you are on your walk of faith we are glad you are here.”  Don’t you know that God’s version – the BIG THING TO GET OUR ATTENTION – is much more emphatic:  No matter who you are, where you’ve come from, or what you’ve done in your life, the Good News, WHO CAME ON THE FIRST CHRISTMAS, is for YOU.  That, my dear friends, is worth celebrating. 
     Once again, the December edition of the Lamplighter is filled with news and announcements for you to engage in God’s work at Pikes Peak UMC ~ including the choir’s Cantata presentation with the Trinity UMC choir and our Christmas Eve service.  Mark your calendars and start to share the GIFT... and bring someone with you to worship and to these special events!     
     Pastor Gene and I are so blessed to have each of you in our lives and involved in our ministries.  We pray that The Gift, the One sent to share God’s love, will awaken you and those you love to a renewed life in your faith walk.  Gene and I look forward to sharing this Advent and Christmas with you and your families.   

We HAVE been blessed!  Now, let’s BE a blessing!

Pastor Dea