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Hope is Found in Christ Alone

December 1, 2021

Leadership Notes

How was your Thanksgiving? I love everything about Thanksgiving week/weekend. We start cooking on Wednesday. The turkey is in the brining bucket. Things that can be made a day in advance are in the fridge waiting to be warmed on Thursday. This cuts down on the hectic nature of the actual day. On Thursday, the bird is in the oven {500° for 30 minutes, then 325 till done}, the stuffing is in the slow cooker, the table is set, and then it's relax until around 5:00, when we eat. It's a beautiful day with those you love.

This year, Lori and I went shopping on Friday. It was delightful. Crowds were manageable, supply chain issues had not affected what we wanted to buy, and California Pizza Kitchen for lunch was a nice break from the feasting a day earlier. It was leftover city on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. This is such a joyful holiday.

Now, don't misunderstand. I know that circumstances can be rough for people almost any time of the year. Hardship doesn't take time off for holidays. I've experienced that in my own family. I'm sure most of us have seen challenging times during the holidays. But the joy is always there. Because the joy is rooted in hope. And hope is found in Christ and Christ alone. No matter what we experience or go through in life, we know that Jesus died on the cross for the forgiveness of our sin and he was resurrected to show us God's plan for our eternal lives. As 1 Peter 1:3-4 reminds us, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you." At Thanksgiving we celebrate what it means to be alive in Christ.

Nothing can get in the way of giving thanks. Nothing…not even a new variant {which I call a "scariant"}. Is it just me, or does it seem that "new variant fear" is wearing thin on many Americans? As I shared in worship on Sunday morning, nothing is going to keep us from worshiping together. Be assured that there is no turning back from where we are as a worshiping community of faith. No turning back…retreat…or compromise.

Regardless of emerging or evolving facts, Covenant Church will continue to move forward - careful, cautious, and unafraid. We will continue to livestream worship. And we will respect decisions people make for themselves and their families.