Rev. Kristin M. Austew
From the Pastor
The leaves are turning, the air is getting crisper, and the pumpkins and gourds are out. Autumn has arrived, and with it comes the holidays. F irst up, we have Thanksgiving! This year our church is hosting Bordentown’s Annual Thanksgiving Interfaith Service on Wednesday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m. We as a church have so many reasons to be thankful this year, so let’s join together in welcoming our siblings of various faiths to our church with that spirit of warmth and welcome that draws our community together.
Next up, join the Worship Commission on Friday and Saturday, November 29 and 30 from 9:00 a.m. to noon to decorate for Advent, the Christian season of expectation and wonder. There are opportunities for all sizes and skill levels, and if you are unable to make it at those times but would like to help, contact Donna Potts about decorating opportunities you can complete on your own time.
The holiday season is a busy one filled with parties, dinners, and tasks. As we embark upon this season, I hope y’all will also join me in taking time to stop, reflect, and pray about the life of our church and who God is calling us to be. It is so easy to stay busy DOING rather than stopping to REFLECT and PRAY. Sunday, November 17, I will have prayer cards to take home from worship as a guide through a regular Seven-Day Cycle of Prayer. As we continue to partner together, this cycle of prayer, based on the Seven
Marks of Vital Congregations, will give us an opportunity to pray individually and as families in our own homes. Praying both in the morning and evening on a daily basis gives us an opportunity to listen for the Spirit as She guides us in our individual and church-wide mission.
Until then, I invite you to join me in the following daily prayer as you prepare for the Seven-Day Cycle of Prayer: Living God, we give you thanks and praise for the new things you are doing among us. In the great mystery of our faith, receive us each night and revive us each day, that we may be dead to sin and alive to you; through Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.
Grace and love,
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