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Sunday Service: 9 AM
Midweek Eucharist: Tuesday 10 AM
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday 9-12

Priest in Charge: Rev. Dr. Michael Laver
Associate Priest: Rev. Cathy Lewis
Deacon: Rev. Stephen Meister
Music Director: Mrs. Maxine Rawden
Parish Administrator: Mrs. Linda Kayser


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  • Living into HopeDec. 4, 2018, 4:47 p.m.

    Hope. Waiting. Anticipation. These are all words associated with Advent. In particular, hope is a word that gets bandied about a lot in Christian circles. And in secular parlance, hope can be used synonymously with wishfulness, as in “I hope the Bills will finish the season with a .500 record” (if wishing made it so). In its full biblical sense, however, I think hope has a much richer and deeper meaning. Hope in this sense is not simply a passive waiting for something to happen, but it also reflects God’s calling in our lives, and in our world. Hope is certainly a longing, a desire to infuse our lives with God and to be infused with God, but it also entails an active responsibility to live life in accordance with Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels, to live life for each other and to live life in the direction of God. This is the deeper, fuller meaning of hope, and it’s what makes hope in the Lord truly revolutionary and life-changing.

    The Gospel reading for the first day of Advent is Jesus’ parable of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. Five were adequately furnished with enough oil to last the night, and five brought only enough to last the short term. Often this parable is interpreted as Jesus’ command to be vigilant for the end of times, and I suppose that’s fine as far as it goes. For me, though, I think the message is much deeper. I can’t help but notice that the five bridesmaids are extolled not just for waiting faithfully, but for being ready, for being wise and judicious, and for me, this is the other half of hope. Hope is certainly being awake during the night waiting for the bridegroom, but it is also having enough oil and being vigilant, a state that is less passive and that involves a modicum of responsibility. I think this fact illustrates the crux of this parable. It’s not enough to be awake and to wait for the bridegroom; rather one has to have taken the steps necessary to be prepared. In other words, one needs to live into the hope that we have in Christ Jesus. Being supplied with enough oil in this parable means having heard the word of God and incorporated it into one’s life. Being supplied with enough oil means to be vigilant in living out the gospel each and every day, in fact more than that—seeking out times and places to live out the gospel. Waiting for the bridegroom in this interpretation is not just a passive waiting, but rather is an active process of living into hope; an active process of seeking to live out Christ’s teaching and example. We often relate the prophesies of John the Baptist in the season on Advent, but we forget that people first had to journey to the desert in order to hear the prophesy! Advent is a time for action, a time of seeking, a time for journeying, not simply a time for passive waiting. In the same way, hope is much more than simply wishing for something, or even waiting for something to happen to us. Rather hope is a way of life. Just as we have hope from the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so we are called to share the Gospel with the world, to live into our hope in an active way. Advent is a season of hope, and it’s a season to renew ourselves, of recommitting ourselves to live into our hope by incorporating the example of Jesus into our lives and then reflecting his example back out into the world! Come though long expected Jesus! And happy Advent!

    Father Michael

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