I give thanks for you and for the community of St. James. This community gives me hope and strength as we all work together for God’s Kingdom. I pray that as we celebrate Thanksgiving we will be encouraged to seek first that kingdom.
You will see in this email many opportunities to be supported and encouraged. As we move into Advent we are reminded of God working in time. (I refer to that work every time I give a birthday blessing!) We will hear the words of the prophets who speak of God bringing justice, hope, and peace even when we are surrounded by their opposites. We continue to seek those things now.
In this time, may we not be swept up by the anxieties of the world around us. May we know ourselves to be living in God’s time. Take a moment to breathe. Consider the ways you have been blessed and give thanks.
Fr. John Mark