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Weekly Words for the Journey

The Third Week of Advent

As certain as the dawn follows the night,
so is the promise of God’s forgiveness and love for us all.
Arise and shine.
Follow the star.
Find the light of the world born in Bethlehem…
and be transformed from darkness into light.

I greet you in JOY on this Third Week of Advent, and I share these prayer concerns with you.

We pray for Drew and Londa Wesche. On Sunday morning, after recording the worship service with us, Drew became ill and was taken to L&M Hospital where he was admitted and he tested positive for Covid 19. He was treated and discharged on Tuesday, and we rejoice with Londa that he is now resting and healing at home, grateful for the “first responders in the pew.”

Although I am in a unique position because of already contracting the virus, everyone else who was in the sanctuary that morning is in quarantine and is getting tested this week. Barbara and I are both working from home so please email, call or text us on our cell phones as needed. Out of an abundance of caution we will NOT be gathering in person this Sunday to record a worship service, but we are hoping to gather safely next week and record our Christmas Eve service.

We pray for Sharon and Lennie Anderson. Sharon suffered a heart attack last week; she is currently at Hartford Hospital being treated for pneumonia and preparing to have a heart catheterization to assess the damage to her heart.

We pray for the Rev. Jim Pierce, our friend and former interim pastor. Jim underwent surgery this week to remove a mass from his brain and is recovering while waiting for biopsy results. His address is Strong Memorial Hospital, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642.

We pray for Jon Hiller as he prepares to begin chemotherapy and radiation next Monday.
(We also wish a Happy Birthday to Catherine Hiller, Irving’s very own Christmas angel)

Drew and Londa, Sharon and Lennie, Jim, Jon…we love you and lift you in our prayers each day.

We also celebrate the miraculous achievements of our members, friends & neighbors at Pfizer!

This Sunday will be the Fourth Sunday in Advent, and though you will not be listening to our morning service, you will be lighting a candle of love in your hearts. That love, born again at Christmas, will hold our spirits together and keep us in God’s care…Pastor Claudine