Our Mission Statement:                                            
Shares God's love, Nurtures Christian disciples and Ministers to the needs of persons within and beyond our congregation.

Pasadena United Methodist Church


Shares God's love, Nurtures Christian disciples and Ministers to the needs of of persons within and beyond our congregation.





November/December 2017


Message


At the close of each year, we encounter signs of Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas.  As we celebrate each, we are called to join a chorus of gratitude for God’s work around us, for us, in us, and through us.  


Thanksgiving is where we typically gather with friends and family, give thanks for what we have, eat a big meal, and grab a spot to watch football or engage in another activity we enjoy.  Those who ate too much might even veer off for a nap.  For Christians, however, Thanksgiving is more than this.  It is an invitation to reflect in gratitude upon how Jesus is the Bread of Life, the One who leads us to share with others rather than simply consume for ourselves. The blessing of goodness and mercy upon which our Thanksgiving holiday was established is a witness to what God has done and will continue to do. 


Advent, too, leads us to reflect in gratitude, as we await the promise God has in store for us through the Christ Child.  It is a season of imagination and realization:  Christ reigns!  It is a time where our hearts are stirred with the vision of God’s joy in the midst of the world’s darkness.  Advent leads us toward the dawn of Christmas Day, where darkness is overcome by the light of the world.


With the birth of Jesus, the invitation to join the chorus of gratitude is again extended.  Everyone is offered the promise from heaven of a love that can neither be bought nor taken away.  It is a promise we are expected to share.  For “…God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him:  …Since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.”  (1 John 4:9, 11)


This November and December open your heart by giving thanks and by sharing your blessings.  Make a point to give rather than to grasp.  Extend God’s table of grace to those who do not have enough.  You will undoubtedly find some surprises, both in yourself and others, along the way.  



Peace and grace, 

Pastor Mernie