Advent Joy

Advent Joy

Send forth your light and your truth, let them guide me; let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell. Then will I go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight.

Psalm 43:3-4

This coming Sunday we will light the Advent Candle of Joy. As I read about joy this week in my devotions and as I reflect on the things that bring me joy, there are times like the past two weeks when this church has brought me joy. In last week’s Mike’s Monday message I made out a Christmas wish list for the church and within days, MANY of the “wishes” on the list were granted!  And of course, it has been a joyful experience to see your generosity this season as we have given to so many worthy groups in our community and as you all have gathered to decorate the church, to join in the family fun night and dinner last Sunday night, and then last night the youth attended the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Parade in the icky weather and the handbell choir had their annual Christmas party.

But for me, Sunday is the most joyful day of the week because worship brings me joy. The last two Sundays in the pouring rain and cold weather, the church has been full, the music has been so uplifting and the children who have participated in worship have brought smiles on all our faces. When the psalmist talks about holy mountains and altars, what I think about is worship in our sanctuary. We don’t have an “altar” in the Presbyterian Church, we have a table and gathering at the Lord’s Table with you is indeed a mountaintop experience.

This week I encourage you to be intentional about finding Joy as we prepare to light the pink candle of joy next Sunday.

It’s a joy to be your pastor,