November 19, 2021
October/November 2020 Newsletter
Dear Members & Friends of Zion,
Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come.
– Revelation 1:4b
We are in the time of endings and beginnings. November 21st is the festival of Christ the King and the last Sunday of the church year. The next church year begins on November 28th, the First Sunday in Advent. The rest of the world will say good-bye to 2021 on December 31st and welcome a new year on January 1, 2022.
There are other endings and beginnings impacting us. We recently celebrated the festival of All Saints, remembering the faithful who died this past year. We have now begun walking our earthly pilgrimage without them by our side, and we miss them. Other examples of endings and beginnings include those who moved to a different place or started new job or retired during 2020. Some have experienced changes in health and ability since last November.
During Advent we look forward to celebrating the birth of Savior so many years ago, but it is really a time when we prepare to welcome Him when he returns. Remembering how God kept His promise to deliver His people from sin and death through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus; we trust that Jesus will return to usher in a new heaven and a new earth. “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” - Revelation 21:4.
While we wait, we can be tempted to dwell on the past or to worry about the future. In Revelation 1:4 and 8, we hear clearly that our Lord was and is to come. However, the statement always begins with who is. In our current joys and sorrows, Christ is with us. By the power of the Holy Spirit, His presence provides peace and comfort. May we take notice of and give thanks for the blessings our Savior provides here and now.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” – Revelation 1:8
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Karin Pejack
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