Dear Christ Church,
There is a legend that Martin Luther, the German reformer, said “If I knew that tomorrow was the end of the world, I would plant an apple tree today.” While this is merely a legend, the conviction is clear and true: the gospel life is about daily faithfulness, in season and out of season, through crisis and calm. We watch and we wait, we work and we pray, we contend for justice and mercy as we long for the day that our King and Judge comes again in all His glory. And we do it just the same yesterday and tomorrow, year after year, as the world writhes and turns. Christ has died. Christ is risen. Christ will come again.
This is the message of Advent, a timely one as our nation and world is shaken by terrorist attacks at home and abroad, mass shootings, refugee crises, racial injustice and economic inequalities (and the list could go on). In the midst of it all, the church of Jesus Christ bears witness to a radical hope that the world does not have, the hope of a new creation under the loving reign of our good and beautiful God.
Because we have this hope, we do not despair. We wait, but not passively. We wait with hand to the plow of justice and mercy, and with lips that proclaim the good news of the kingdom. We walk humbly in daily obedience, demonstrating to our hurting world an alternative society.
This is what we celebrate as we look to Christmas, the birth of our Savior who turned the world upside-down and who will complete the work he began in us.
Maranatha! Come, Lord Jesus!
Peace on earth,
PS PLEASE NOTE! Our Christmas Eve services will be at the Medina St. properties. Who can you invite to join us?