My first two months with you at St. David’s have flown by and I am excited for all that lies ahead. I feel very blessed by God to be your rector. I delight in the signs of God’s Holy Spirit at work among you. As St. Paul writes in Galatians, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Bishop Jane says you are special congregation and I agree!
St. David’s is a busy church and both Advent and Christmas involve special preparations. Yet, Advent is really intended to be a time of quiet reflection, so that we might be prepared to welcome afresh Christ Jesus into our hearts and lives – rather than a time of frenetic busyness. Two practices that help us lean into Advent are a daily time of quiet with God and a focus on being as present as possible to those around us, savouring each moment.
This Advent, may Christ the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you, scatter the darkness from before your path, and make you ready to meet him when he comes in glory.