Dear Fellow Parishioners:
What a week we face! The fourth Sunday of Advent, the beginning of winter, Christmas and Kwanzaa are all included. How are we celebrating these events?
Advent—If you are like most of us, this short season has quickly passed. What can you do to prepare yourself for the coming of Christmas? Know that there are always opportunities available through our parish. Check out our bulletin and website for more information. Prayer, study, service and so much more are ways for each of us to ready ourselves for the coming of the Lord.
Winter—Though it may not seem like a typical Minnesota winter, the new season has begun. This is always a great opportunity for us to reflect back on the previous season of autumn. Celebrate the good efforts made in building your church, family and work life. Are there areas for you to work on? Are there relationships you can improve? What will this new season be for us?
Christmas—Once again we come to celebrate the arrival of our Lord and Savior. We remember His First Coming some two thousand years ago. We marvel at the great love our Heavenly Father showed in giving His Son to us. We give thanks for Mary and Joseph. Their great faith and trust comforts and challenges us in our own efforts to care for our families. We give thanks for the countless people who were blessed to be able to nurture Jesus during His time on this earth. Their service inspires us in our own efforts to care for our fellow brothers and sisters. We also look ahead to our Lord’s Second Coming at the end of time. May God bless our preparation. We celebrate the good work we have done in caring for the great gift/responsibility we have been given in the Church. How are we doing in supporting our Church? Now is the time to evaluate our stewardship. Remember the Lord asks us to return ten percent of our time, talent and treasure to God. The Church breaks down this offering to be five percent to your local Church and five percent to other charities. Therefore, I encourage you to consider your stewardship. Know that the Church of St. Edward can certainly use your help. There are many ways to offer your gifts. Let us know how we can assist you in sharing your time, talent and treasure here at our parish.
Kwanzaa—Regardless of our background, we join our fellow African Americans in celebrating their heritage and culture. This week-long celebration is held in the United States and in other nations of the Western African diaspora in the Americas. Observed from December 26 to January 1, the focus is on honoring the principles of unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith. Let us honor our fellow Americans by wishing them a joy-filled Kwanzaa.
Yes, there is much to celebrate this coming week. I pray that through all the busyness we will find time to pause and give thanks for the many blessings and opportunities we have been given.
Advent, Winter, Christmas & Kwanzaa Blessings!