Dear Members and Friends of Immanuel Lutheran Church,
This Sunday’s blue paraments signal our shift to the season of Advent. It is a season of anticipation and of preparation. Our beautiful Advent banner is in place, with its two trumpets – one descending to announce the coming Christ and one ascending in praise for grace and thanksgiving for the coming Kingdom.
In this Sunday’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus leads us through an extraordinary change of mood. We begin with talk of distressing things – of signs in sun and moon and stars, the roaring of the oceans, and with people fainting with fear. But then Jesus speaks of “redemption”:
Now when these things begin to take place, look up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near. (Luke 21:28, RSV)
It is a reading about hope — about holding our heads high even when things are collapsing around us.
Have a good weekend, everyone. I hope you had a good Thanksgiving Day. God go with you if you are traveling.
Let’s meet in the lobby of Lenox Hill Hospital (100 East 77th Street) at 7 p.m. for our annual Christmas caroling and fellowship gathering. After caroling there, we are invited to the church parsonage nearby for some refreshments, fellowship, and sitting around the fireplace. Alas, we are not supposed to bring children into the hospital, but otherwise, everyone is welcome!