Week of: December 4, 2016
Scripture: Romans 15:4-13
"Welcome one another ... Just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God."
(Romans 15:7, NRSV)
Do you ever ask yourself ... why am I doing this? Why am I worship planning or leading or writing sermons? Why am I putting hours into a dance choir, an adult choir, a youth choir? Why do I try so hard to coordinate the worship space with the scripture?
Do you ever lose touch with the "why" of your ministry?
May we hear Paul’s words as spoken directly to each one of us as the answer to that question: "Christ has welcomed you, (insert your name), for the glory of God." Christ has welcomed you with your own set of gifts and skills and abilities for the glory of God.
And our response this Advent season is to welcome others to "sing praises," "to rejoice," and "to praise the Lord" so all may share in the hope of our Savior.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Amen.