We are Bethlehem Bound this Advent season and last Sunday we began by acknowledging that we are all on a journey in our spiritual lives. We are sent, led, called, and born in this season and, just like Mary and Joseph, the central characters in the Bethlehem story, we come to seek the Christ-child in our lives.
Yesterday was World AIDS Day, another important day in our annual calendar. We were honored to feature our new program, Believe OUT Loud and to work with our inter-religious partners on creating a moving and relevant online worship experience that was broadcast around the world. Together we remembered and recommitted to “End Inequalities. End AIDS. End Pandemics.” It is important work that we do, and I am grateful to all those who participated in this effort.
Today, we gather with the Resource Center at 6pm for their Candlelight Vigil and Tree Lighting Ceremony in commemoration of World AIDS Day. I will be honored to lead the community act of remembrance and lighting of our candles in memory of those who have passed and those who live with HIV/AIDS.
As we continue through this season, next Saturday, December 11 we are all invited to our Annual Christmas Concert featuring the Music Department of Cathedral of Hope. We have not been able to gather like this for some time, and I am excited to be able to welcome us all to this special event to celebrate the holidays. The concert is at 7pm and we want to strongly encourage you to enjoy this free concert (a free-will offering will be received) and to bring your friends. Indeed, this is a great season to invite your friends to church as well – so please do so.
In closing, I remain grateful for each one of you – your faithfulness, generosity and, most importantly, your commitment to being Christ in the world today is evidenced in so many ways. God is good!