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The Advent-ure Begins

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Dear Glen Mar friends, This Sunday marks the start of Advent,  a season of preparation for Christmas, and a reminder that Jesus’ birth changed the world, forever. During this season, we’ll have many opportunities for worship and for getting ready for Christmas. We get our houses ready for Christmas by putting up decorations; we get our bank accounts ready for…
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Christ the King, a.k.a. Jesus is Lord

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Dear Glen Mar friends,
You may not know this, but this Sunday is Christ the King Sunday and It marks the end of the Christian liturgical year. It’s also the Sunday before Thanksgiving too. And as we come to the “end of the year” it is good to be reminded that Jesus is Lord of our lives and hearts. To say Jesus is Lord is to say that we are not, that our secular leaders are not, that racism, injustice, and oppression are not. It is a reminder that our baptisms are our primary allegiance, and as people of faith, we are called to serve our Lord at all times and all places. We view our politics, and our jobs, and our families, and our finances through the lens of Christ’s lordship. And so, to “give thanks” on the last Thursday in November is to give thanks to the One who is Lord, the one who comes to save, love, heal and free us and all creation.

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A Thank You Note

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Dear Glen Mar friends,
It’s November, a time of thanksgiving for God’s blessings and for the lives of our saints. I hope you will join us on Sunday for worship as we honor the people who have been saints for us and continue our series “Did the Bible Really Say That ?” with the phrase “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle.” (You won’t want to miss it!).

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Trick or Treat

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Dear Glen Mar friends,
Halloween is coming! You may not think of it as a particularly religious holiday and if it’s not your thing, I respect that. But I learned in seminary about where Halloween came from. I was reminded that the period between Halloween and the winter solstice in late December coincided then, as it does today, with the darkest time of the year, with shorter days and longer nights. (At least in our hemisphere). In the medieval period, dark was pretty dark, apparently, and it was a dangerous time. In our “Edison-ized” society, where light is taken for granted, we tend to forget that. But long cold nights meant for dangerous travel back then. People were eating the food they had stored since the crops were all harvested and the land was covered with ice. It was a risky and vulnerable time of year.
At this darkest time, the Church gathered its “little lights” together, its saints, for help through this “long dark night of the soul.” November 1 became All Saint’s Day, a time to honor those gone on to glory and to remind us that Jesus has won the victory over all the darkness that can surround us.

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Paul Behrens Service

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Dear Glen Mar,
We had taken advantage of the fact that Laity Sunday coincided with RIT’s Parent’s Weekend to go see Lydia this weekend, are driving home today from there. I’m eager to get back to MD to be with you all. As one of your pastors, it feels wrong to be away from our church family when things happen. I’m gratified and humbled by the powerful worship and care you all showed for one another, and for Pastor Melaina’s leadership at a time when I wanted deeply to be there “in person” with you.
I wanted to let you all know that we will be having a visitation for Paul Behrens at Glen Mar on Friday evening, 10/22, from 6-8 pm and the service on Saturday 10/23 at 11, with visitation beforehand from 9:30-11 am. There will be no food afterwards so that people may remain masked and COVID safe.

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