The Fourth Sunday of Advent
The birth of a baby has a profound effect on the world… at least in the lives of all who are near to the family who welcomes a child. The innocence and peace of a newborn is captivating, and the miracle of new life stirs even the hardest of hearts. For new parents, life is radically changed, and their lives find a new center in their child.
The Birth of Jesus did that and so much more. On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we hear the angel Gabriel’s message to Mary, “Do not be afraid… you have found favor with God… you will bear a Son… and of his Kingdom there will be no end” (See Luke 1:26-38). Mary’s life changed because she said “yes” to God’s plan. On Christmas, we proclaim the wonder of his Birth. Angels announced the Good News to shepherds, who immediately went to behold the mystery. And from then on, Jesus changed lives, including our own, for we, too, come to worship him, we go forth to serve, and our lives are marked by faith and trust in his promise. Think about how your life is shaped by him as you celebrate this Christmas.
On the cover of this weekend’s bulletin we officially unveil our new parish logo… giving our iconic steeple an updated look and new colors. The steeple of the church was probably one of the tallest structures in Cockeysville when it was built and could be seen from a great distance. We hope that it is not just the steeple that is visible but the faith that we profess and the service we offer in the name of Jesus that serve as “beacons” to proclaim the name of Jesus and to invite others to join us in following him. The new color scheme better coordinates with our school logo for greater continuity between the two parts of our campus. Over the coming weeks the new logo will make its way into our other print and digital publications, campus signage, and a new website.
I offer a warm welcome to all who are visiting to worship with us this Christmas. It is a joy to see so many return “home for the holidays,” and I hope you are encouraged by your participation in our worship as we give thanks to God for the gift of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, and celebrate his coming to us in his Birth in Bethlehem and his dwelling with us here and now. May our hearts— and our world— know the peace Jesus came to bring.