All Saints Messenger - December 7, 2017

posted Dec 7, 2017, 10:40 AM by Church Secretary
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Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, 

In our Advent Study on Saturday mornings, Deacon Martha has been leading us on a wonderful journey through Handel's Messiah. Handel's work is known and recognizable throughout the world. However, studying the pieces of music, listening to the words, the changes in instrumentation give us a new found discovery; God and Jesus themselves become readily accessible and present through Handel's music.

This past Saturday we focused on Isiah's passage "Comfort ye My People" from the 25 thchapter, 'The Lord will wipe away the tears from every cheek'.  It is another of Isaiah's most beautiful images, of God wiping away our pain and sorrow and shame.  What pain and sorrow and shame have you suffered?

What pain and sorrow and shame do you suffer now? Can you imagine that suffering - the pain and sorrow and shame you suffer - being wiped away?  What would that be like? 

Think about this and reflect and notice the hopes and desires in your heart that have come to light through Isaiah. Then intentionally resist letting them sink back, beyond your consciousness and instead nurture those hopes, remember what they are, then speak to the Lord about your hopes and desires.  In your own words, as we await the one prophesied about by Isaiah at Christmas, speak to God about what is in your heart.

**Our study on Handel's Messiah begins at 9AM on the next two Saturday's. I hope you will join us.

Blessings this Advent,
Fr. Gary+

See ya Sunday!