November - December 2022
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
This edition of Church Chat covers a lot of territory.
We celebrate the Reformation Sunday, October 30.
Sunday, November 20 is the Feast of Christ the King, marking the end of the Liturgical year.
Advent begins Sunday of the Birth of Jesus Christ, November 27 and marks the beginning of the new liturgi-cal year. We prepare our hearts and minds for the celebration of the final coming of Jesus Christ and the completion of God’s reign.
Then we celebrate Christmas.
Then Watchnight, December 31 and the start of a New Year, January 1.
January 6 is Epiphany, which is also the date when our Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters celebrate Christmas. The Wisemen arrive to worship the newborn King, who was anything but newly born when they finally made it to Bethlehem. Isaiah 60:1-3 sets the tone:
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
Here at Bethany, please note that January 22 will be my last Sunday in our pulpit, and Brenda and I will move back home to West Chester, Ohio sometime before January 31. Our time here has been one of deepening faith and love. We have faced some challenges here have grown through the experience.
We thank you for the opportunity to have been a part of the Bethany PA church family, and we pray for you as you search for your next called pastor.
Northeastern Pennsylvania is a beautiful part of the country. We shall cherish the blessings we have received here and will continue to hold you in prayer.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Sunday 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Children's Sunday School During Worship.