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    Thursday, December 15th  •  9 am – 5 pm (EST)
    Bridgewater United Methodist Church
    219 North Main Street, Bridgewater, VA, 22812
    1. ReadThursday Thoughts

      December 8, 2022


      The second week of Advent is here. As we walk through this season of preparation for the Savior’s arrival on earth, we focus on peace.


      When do you feel peace? Is it hearing beautiful music? Is it when all the kids have gotten home and are safe? Is it floating down a calm river in a kayak soaking up the quiet and the scenery? Is it running and feeling the rhythm of your feet meeting the ground and your heart pumping at an accelerated rate? Is it while you are in the garden or on a golf course? Maybe you are at peace while working on an engine or baking a loaf of bread.


      All those are excellent ways to feel at peace with yourself and your environment. But I think the word peace that is reflected in the second candle of the Advent wreath is different. This peace starts with a capital “P”. This is the Peace of Christ and that allows us to trust him in all things. Paul wrote to the Philippians that because of Christ we can find the peace of God. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:7.


      Paul wrote to the Christians at Colossae offering words of encouragement and strength. Pagans and popular secular thought had influenced the church. He was writing to remind them that Christ was the truth and life and only through him could they find real peace. The struggle was real, it was no less real than it is for us today to know peace and to trust Christ’s unwavering promises to us. In John 16:33 we are told, “I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” That is the kind of peace that will last more than a few moments.”


      Isn’t that kind of Peace what the world needs? Isn’t that the kind of peace we all need? How do we get that kind of peace? It is not instant nor is it like the convenience of having a meal brought to your door. We have to be ready to accept that Jesus Christ is our Savior. God came to earth as a human, lived, was crucified for our sins, and rose again. He then came back as the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts. That means that we are never alone, we have nothing to fear. God lives in us. That is a huge step toward knowing peace. To help remind us of this Psalm 25:4-5, “Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.” I suspect that we have all said at one time or another, “I wish he/she would grow up!!!” That is what that verse says to me. I am responsible for being open to the Holy Spirit’s leading, willing to walk down the path that is before me and being humble enough to let him teach me. Then I will find hope and peace to walk in my faith walk. That means that I must be willing to do my part, pray, read, study, and bear fruit. When we find ourselves lacking peace, it is not God who has left us adrift in the sea of anxiety, we have rowed the boat out into the open waters by ourselves.


      We celebrated Hope last week and now Peace. In a season of gift-giving, these are real treasures that we have received. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27


      Blessings,

      Becky



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          Monday, December 26th, all day
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            Monday, December 19th  •  6–7 pm (EST)
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              Sunday, December 4, 2022 - Second Week of Advent Service
            2. ReadE-Blast for Friday, December 2
              Magnify Peace

              Worship on the 2nd Sunday of Advent

              Welcome to the Second Sunday of Advent when we will light the candle of peace and consider the theme "Magnify Peace." We will celebrate Holy Communion together. Our scriptures are:  Isaiah 11:1-10Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 3:1-12. The prophecy from Isaiah says, "They will not hurt or destroy on all my holy mountain; for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea." Isaiah 11:9


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                Saturday, December 24th  •  11:00–11:59 pm (EST)
                Bridgewater United Methodist Church
                219 North Main Street, Bridgewater, VA, 22812
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                  Saturday, December 24th  •  5:30–6:30 pm (EST)
                  Bridgewater United Methodist Church
                  219 North Main Street, Bridgewater, VA, 22812