One of the refrains that has been playing again and again in my heart as I have been preparing for Advent and Christmas this year is the beginning phrases from the “Canticle of the Turning.”
“My soul cries out with a joyful shout that the
God of my heart is great, And my spirit sings of the
wondrous things that you bring to the ones who wait.”
Big and glossy and loud and fast – that’s how this bent-up world turns. But God, when God comes – God shows up in this small little fetal ball. God, who carved the edges of the cosmos.
The heavens aren’t even large enough to contain God, and yet God came to earth to be held in a young mothers arms. The mystery of God – so large – becomes a Baby so small, and infinite God becomes infant. The great giver, becomes the Gift, this quiet offering.
This heart, beating in the chest of a held child, a thrumming heart beating hope, beating peace, beating joy, beating love, beating the singular song each of us has been waiting for – that the whole dizzy world has been spinning around waiting for.
The gift unwraps with Christ’s family tree: John crying out in the wilderness, a mother who cries for the world, a stepfather who is tenuous in his agreement, and those who are wandering and wondering and wounded and worn out. God claims all of us. In Christ, God comes right to our own family tree and looks at it saying, “I am your God, I am one of you, and I’ll be the Gift your heart has been yearning for.”
The gift continues as we wander through this time of Advent, this time of coming. Join our church family this season on a journey of unwrapping the full heart song Christmas.
There is so much going on at our church and at our partnership church this season! Please make sure to hold each other gently in the midst of the busyness of the season. I’ll see you at church!
December 6th – First Friday in Silverton begins downtown at the Towne Square Park for the tree lighting with Santa, then follow him over to the Methodist Church to meet him! There will be crafts and FUDGE!!
December 14 – 11 am at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland – our first Female Bishop will be installed! For directions or to carpool see the church office!
December 14 – Silverton Children’s Choir Holiday Concert at Silverton High School Auditorium at 3pm! Come listen to the children sing – they have been practicing for a long time!
December 14 – Messy Church from 4 to 6pm! Kids of All AGES are welcome! Families will enjoy crafts, games, and stories and a dinner together!
December 22 – Christmas Open House at Pastor Laura’s house! 4-6:30pm! Come celebrate the holiday season!
December 22 – Festival Chorale Carolers, 7pm at the Methodist Church!
December 24 – Christmas Eve Service at Trinity is at 4pm this year! Come and celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus with a family friendly worship service!
December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at Silverton United Methodist Church at 7pm.
A BIG THANK YOU to Eric Dahl for providing, delivering, and setting up our beautiful tree in the sanctuary! We wouldn’t have it without you!
December 9 – Avery Villarreal
December 23 – Layla Hodson
Please pray for our family and friends
Winnie, Rozetta, Emily, Estella & Alberto Christie, Mary, Gary