Dear Glen Mar friends,
As soon as I finish with this Pondering, I will go to the "costume room" for my fittings for Walk to Bethlehem. This gift to the community last year welcomed 1500 guests and featured over 300 volunteers. For many this has become a "family tradition." I want to thank each of you who have volunteered in setup or who will help this weekend, at the event itself or maybe as part of the "cleanup crew." This event was born when we had been in prayer about how to give a gift to the community - a gift that would proclaim Jesus and his Lordship and make the gift of Jesus (the best gift of all) more real for a world that needs Jesus so badly.
I love that this event features so many followers of Jesus who are ready to work together to be the body of Christ - that means cooperation and helping instead of contentiousness. It means a true spirit of welcome for those who will come this weekend. Would you join me in praying for those whom God will send? People from all generations, some who will hear "the story" for the first time? Will you join me in prayer for the teams of people diligently serving? Will you lift up our music ministry as they prepare a cantata and for our worship teams as Advent is upon us?
I know the Holy Spirit is present and will be present in the life of Glen Mar in the coming weeks. I'm grateful for your openness to the Spirit's presence and leading and for the radical welcome I know each of you will offer all our guests between now and the New Year.
I hope you'll make your presence in worship a priority this Advent season. This weekend, we'll be singing about and learning about and giving thanks for the HOPE that Jesus offers...a hope we cannot manufacture or quench - a hope that does not disappoint - because it is rooted in who Jesus is, and the gift Jesus is.
See you on the road to Bethlehem,