Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wardens' Christmas Letter

Advent’s message is that God in Christ is coming to the world. It is a time of anticipation where we are called to prepare with repentance, prayer, and patience as we await the birth of our savior.

The wreaths we use in Advent have their origins in the folk traditions of northern Europe, where in the deep of winter people lit candles on wheel-shaped bundles of evergreen. Green is the color of hope, a sign of our belief that the Savior has come for us. Both the evergreen and the circular shape symbolize ongoing life and the endless nature of God’s love. The candlelight symbolizes Jesus, the Light that guides us and gives us comfort during the darkest time of the year, as we look forward to the longer days of spring.

As we enter this dark time, we at St. Philip's are preparing for and looking forward to our future. For years we have struggled with the difficult choices that we must make. We can see many promising signs indicating that we are coming together to meet these challenges as a parish family.

We have repaired our tower and our heating system and we are in the process of renovating our basement. We have come together at Parish Forums with a shared purpose to do what needs to be done to continue our mission.

Our journey is far from over and as we prepare for the birth of our Lord, let us do so together in the spirit of love which our savior intended.

Wishing you all a blessed Christmas!

Your Wardens,
Richard and Shan

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