Our spiritual ancestors cried out in the midst of their political occupations: “Save us!” The idea of a Messiah went hand-in-hand with the need for God to help the in their distress. The Roman occupation of Jesus’ time and of the early Christian community is expressed with a sense of waiting, watching, and anticipation of restoration to freedom. All this points to the presence of hope, essential to survival in difficult times. Let us be present with hope to those who need it most.
This it the first week in our Advent/Christmas series, “The Gift of Being Present.” Worship opened with this video. Pastor Mary’s message is based on Psalm 80: 1-7, 17-19; I Corinthians 1: 3-9; and Mark 13: 24-37.