From Unhealthy Attachment to Unencumbered Love

Advent invites us to deeper reflection so that we can experience greater celebration and joy. While there is a lot of emotion and tradition associated with Christmas, one of the things the season of Advent does is remind us of what this feast is truly about.

Think about it in terms of the ancient festivals with regard to the solstice – regardless of what has happened in the last year the sun is now making its way back to our hemisphere. Light is returning – and warmth, too. Of course, this doesn’t work so well if you live in the Southern Hemisphere. While Christmas celebration in December might have originated as a result of the return of the sun to northern climes, there is another aspect – the most important aspect with regard to Christmas that has nothing to do with sunshine and everything to do with Godshine!

This Third Sunday of Advent we explore together one of the results of our inviting God’s Spirit to enter our lives: The Spirit reminds us of what is truly important. To really celebrate Christmas we may have to let go of some of the emotions and traditions that have provided us comfort in the past. Join us for worship as we look at passages from Isaiah 61 and Luke 1.

Jenny Robbins will sing our anthem: Mary Did You Know.

Sermon: From Unhealthy Attachment to Unencumbered Love

We invite you to join us for worship this coming Sunday.

This has made the rounds – but it is relevant I think – can we “get over ourselves” so that our love for each other can grow? Hug the Bear.

 

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.