This week marks the second week of Advent, the week where we celebrate Love! I’m looking forward to celebrating love with you this weekend at the Quest. Sunday is a day when we remember what the absence of love brings into our world and, so we must all double down in caring for everyone around us. Not only increasing our capacity to love, but also increasing the way that we love, everyone.
With December comes the opportunity for year end giving and it is my great hope that you will be very generous this year with your giving to the Quest. We need your financial help to finish our year well.
There are amazing things happening here. We have expanded our online presence and hundreds are benefiting from a little “Morning Joe” each day. The homeless showers are about to go operational in Novato, restoring dignity to our homeless population of over 200. Each Tuesday night REST is feeding and providing amazing opportunities not only for 40 men who need a warm meal and bed, but also for people like you and me to be with them and to love them and to hear their stories. One of our new staff members, Ray Hausler is caring for more teenagers every week in Novato, not to mention the remarkable Pizza Lunch that takes place each Wednesday on the Quest campus. We have impacted Novato through the tragedies that our community has faced this year in remarkable ways. More people are attending on the weekends and are getting what they need to live a life in the Way of Jesus through the week. Matt has been doing great things with our music making Sundays that much more impactful for all who attend. We are expanding and increasing the quality of our broadcast sermons each weekend. These things have increased our expenses this year and we need your continued and increased financial support to continue to expand our voice in Novato and beyond. It feels like we have hit our stride and it is very good.
This Advent we are talking about the incarnational life in more beautiful, Biblical and expansive ways. We are all called to allow the Christ to fill and work through us each week. Christmas is not simply a celebration of history, but a glorious reminder of the way in which the God of the universe works and moves among us all every day. Each week more and more of us are seeing that who we are is who we are in the Father --- as Jesus put it, that is our meaning. We have been called to join the Trinity in their work in our community.
I want to encourage you to make the kinds of choices that will open new space in your heart for the coming of the Christ, not only into our world historically, but into your life more fully right now. Christmas is happening all around us.
I hope to see you soon, friends. Blessings and peace to you all.