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Looking Ahead



Dear family and friends at First Pres,

Are you prepared for the Holidays? It feels weird saying that because it’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that next week is Thanksgiving! It was a year ago this very weekend that Kelly and I came to be introduced to you as a candidate to be your pastor. It seems like yesterday that I was anxiously preparing to come and preach for you to see if you wanted Kelly and me to come to First Pres! Has it really been a year? Wow! Last Thanksgiving I was offering my prayer of thankfulness that the Holy Spirit led us together and you as a congregation said, “Yes!”

This Thursday kicks off the first Holiday Season here and I am so excited! I’ll get stuffed with turkey, cranberries and all the fixings that will induce a wonderful tryptophan siesta between football games. The jolly red elf will parade in front of Macy’s in New York reminding us that we are entering the solemn time of Advent and Christmas. Not!

Santa in front of Macy’s is trying to sell us the idea that this is the season of consumption; the Church reminds us what it really is about and that’s the longing and eager anticipation of the coming Christ-child. It’s the time of year when the Culture and the Church engage in a Battle Royale defining the real “reason for the Season.” To that end, this Sunday we are going to have some pre-Holiday preparations with some very instructive words from Hebrews 10: 19-25. Our text outlines some wonderful reminders to hold onto as we make our way to train stations, airports or boats kicking off this festive time of year! I can’t wait to see you Sunday!

Remember who you are, you are a child of God! I am

Your pastor and friend,

Patrick