First Sunday of Advent: Hope

Dear CCOV Family,
Here it is Advent already, the beginning of the Christian liturgical year! The word Advent is derived from the Latin adventus, which means “coming” or “arrival.” Over the next four weeks, you will hear the motifs of expectation, pregnancy, and living in the tension of “times in between” running throughout our Advent worship at CCOV. For those who like to read ahead, I will be preaching this Sunday on Jeremiah 33:14-16, which recounts the hope-filled prophecy that a “righteous Branch will spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.” This is good news for all of creation, which needs hope in every generation.

One way you can continue to bring hope into people’s lives is to give to the Veteran’s of the Cross Christmas Fund, which is one of our two Christmas mission projects this year. You will find envelopes in the pews. This UCC-wide fund benefits retired clergy and church staff who find themselves in times of need. Our other mission project is to continue giving to disaster relief through the UCC website.

I look forward to a meaningful Advent season with you!
With Hope, Peace, Joy and Love,
Rev. Sandi