"My Lord, what a morning; my Lord, what a morning;
oh, my Lord, what a morning, when the stars begin to fall.
You will hear the trumpet sound, to wake the nations underground,
looking to my God's right hand, when the stars begin to fall."
The Zion choir sang this African American spiritual last Sunday, the First Sunday in Advent. The haunting hymn echoes the words of the gospel lesson from Mark for the day, "But in those days, after that suffering, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from heaven and the powers in the heavens will be shaken." This Advent season, we watch and wait not just for a baby born in Bethlehem, but for that same Lord to return to earth to unleash his mighty power. This power will break shackles, free those enslaved, knock leaders from their towers, break peace into a violent world and blow the status quo to bits. How we watch and wait shapes our lives as followers of this mighty Savior. Jesus tells us, "And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.” What is to come is already here, already shaking this earth to its core. My Lord, what a morning, when the stars begin to fall.
You are invited to our first Advent meal and Holden Evening Prayer this evening beginning at 5:30 pm at the Presbyterian Church of Floyd. Each year, this service is hosted by the Lutherans or the Presbyterians; this year all three Wednesday gatherings will be at the Presbyterian church. Come share a meal, sing about the holy one to come in the fullness of time and pray for God's healing hand to cover the world. You might think of this time as your Advent gift to yourself.
This coming Sunday, both congregations will have a Hanging of the Greens service as we decorate our sanctuaries with greenery and Chrismons, ornaments depicting the life of Christ.
I will be out of the office the first part of next week for a minor medical procedure. You may still reach me at my home phone - 745-5671 - or by email. I may be back in the office on Wednesday, but will be playing it by ear.
But I want to tell you this evening that it is not enough for us to talk about love, love is one of the pivotal points of the Christian face, faith. There is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love. - Martin Luther King Jr.