Malmo News

Weekly News-December 7

A prayer to share with you when the unexpected or difficult things of life come – even in, or maybe especially in this season of advent when expectations can be high and demands can be great.  A heartfelt prayer written by author Shannan Martin, from her book The Ministry of Ordinary Places.

 

“Show us the real way of worship, and grant us the guts to belong to each other when it’s the hardest.  Teach us to walk in place, memorizing the lay of this unimpressive land and calling it good.  Help us to hang on for the encore, where your best work often waits.

Prone to wander, Lord, we feel it.

But you are here, staring back at us in every face and every scar.  You keep talking to us when we don’t want to listen.  You remind us that you came to be with us, and even when it seemed like you left, you didn’t.

You are here, tuning our hearts to endurance, teaching us a love song for the long haul.

Help us to endure when we feel dog-tired.

Have Your way.”

Amen.


This Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Advent.  We’ll be lighting the Candle of Peace and having the children begin the service with the ‘Children’s Nativity Processional’.  If your child would like to take part in this, please have them meet in the foyer before the service begins.  We’ll also be continuing throughout the entire Advent Season to collect non-perishable food for those in our community that are struggling to have enough to eat. (We’ll be bringing those food gifts forward during the offering time.)

And then immediately following the morning Worship Service, we’ll be celebrating together with a Wedding Shower Potluck for Jonah Harsch & his fiance Irene.  They are getting married in January and we would love to bless them and their journey with some ‘Malmo love’.  Please bring a main dish and a salad to share for the potluck.  Dessert will be provided.  Everyone is invited!   (And for those who are able, we would love some help in the kitchen with the serving of food and the clean-up in the kitchen.)

Another great Sunday to look forward to!  Enjoy your weekend and I’ll see you soon!

Delora

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