Bishop Rhyne's Advent Greetings

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,” (Luke 1: 46b-47) Friends,
Grace and peace to you as we move into the season of Advent and walk toward the celebration of the birth of our Savior.

This is the time of year when we remember the great gift that Jesus Christ is to us. He was born among us to save us from sin, death and the devil and to bring us into Christ’s eternal life. In the tender compassion of our almighty God, our Lord has come to bring us to himself. In mercy, charity, and love our Lord Jesus gives us his life.

At this time of year generosity, charity, and love are on our hearts. Many of you will support the ministries and organizations that help care for people in our communities and in our world. Ministries such as our partners ALSM, Camp Sequanota, and Lutheran Campus Ministry at Penn State as we move toward the end of the year.

I write to ask you to remember a place that continually reaches out to your community, that shares the love and mercy of Jesus, and works to bring hope and comfort to this world: your congregation. Your congregation is a place where Christ Jesus has called you into community, and week after week Jesus is with you as you gather to worship and celebrate the meal that our Lord gave us.

As you enter into this time of year when you are supporting organizations and ministries that do good and worthwhile work, please remember you congregational home. Consider making an additional Advent or Christmas gift to the mission of your congregation. You could decide to increase you weekly offering $10, $25, or $50 a week during Advent. Or, you could make a special Christmas gift to the congregation of $100, $250, or $500. Any gift will go toward continuing the ministry and outreach of your congregation. These gifts are all about helping us to reach out together to share the love of Christ with the world around us.

May God continue to bless you in the seasons of Advent and Christmas. May you have safe travels. May you be comforted by the presence of our Lord Jesus and by those you love.

Happy Advent and may Christ’s blessings be with you,

Bishop Michael L. Rhyne

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