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Richmond Congregational Church
United Church of Christ

Rev. Katelyn Macrae, Pastor • 20 Church St. • P.O. Box 302 • Richmond VT, 05477

(802) 434-2053 • Email: church@rccucc.org • Facebook: www.facebook.com/rccucc

Sunday Worship September-June: 10:00 AM with Sunday School and Nursery care
 July & August: 9:00 AM with special activities for children

Church office hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30am - 3:00pm


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December 2014 Reflections

Reflections From the Pastor

Dear Friends in Christ,

Peace! Hope! Joy! Love!

In Advent, we prepare our hearts for the coming of the Christ child. Each Sunday as we light our Advent wreath in worship, we will celebrate one of these four messages.

Advent marks the beginning of a new church year. It is also my favorite season in the church calendar. I love the richness and texture of the season and all of its rituals – the carols, lighting the Advent wreath, and the colors purple and blue. As we approach the shortest day of the year, we remember that Christ’s light shines in the darkness and cannot be overcome.

Advent is actually a penitential season, a mini-Lent, a season of preparation. Yet, in the shuffle of the commercial Christmas season that now seems to begin before Thanksgiving, it is easy to miss out on this aspect of Advent and skip directly to the celebration of Christmas. So this Advent I extend a counter-cultural invitation to you – give Advent it’s proper due. Start this new church year off by taking some time to read a devotional, sit in silence and prayer each day, light a candle with your family at dinner time, or just breathe deeply and meditate on what it means to be preparing for Christ, the light of the world, borne as a humble babe in a manger.

At RCC we will have several opportunities to engage in Advent practices. In addition to Sunday worship, join us for an Advent Bible Study on Tuesdays in December from 5:30-7:00 PM. We’ll start out with soup, and move into the study after dinner. On Saturday December 20th at 5:00 PM we will have a meditative Advent service in the Sanctuary. You can also sign up to receive the free UCC Stillspeaking Devotional online http://www.ucc.org/feed-your-spirit/daily-devotional/.

If you engage in the process of Advent, the celebration at Christmas will be all the more joyous because you’ve taken time to prepare your mind, body and spirit for the Great Rejoicing.

Friends, may the blessings of hope, love, joy and peace abound for you in this Advent season!

See you in church,

Pastor Katelyn