Read Luke 1:39-45

from Rev. Dr. Victor Hunter, First Christian Church, New Martinsville

Mary became pregnant through the ear by the creative and life giving word of God. The one who was to announce in words, “Behold the lamb of God,” jumped in his mother’s womb when Elizabeth heard Mary’s words of greeting. We make the good confession in words. Behind our confession are 2000 years of the church’s confessions. Behind the confessions are the creeds in words. Behind the creeds are the writings of the early church. Behind the writings are the canonical gospels. Behind the written gospels is the preached gospel. Behind the preached gospel is the oral tradition—words. Behind the oral tradition are the circulated stories. Advent presents us with the mystery of the Word and its impregnating, life generating, saving power. Meister Eckhart’s question, asked in the 13th century, still haunts: “And what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace and if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the creator to give birth to his son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of God is begotten in us.”

A future pregnant with possibility might just be waiting to manifest itself when we are impregnated through the ear with the divine word.

Speak your word in me, O God, that I may be alive with your world-changing possibilities.

Christmas Offering for Regional Ministry
As Advent brings new hope and anticipation to the life of our communities and homes, the annual opportunity for support of regional ministries lies before us.  As you prayerfully consider how to respond to this important appeal in your congregation, you are encouraged to think of the many lives touched through our ministries here.  How many youth have life-building and life-changing experiences at camps and retreats? How many congregations are strengthened by the care we receive in the ministerial search process and other consultations with regional ministers? How many ways do we now have to help grow leaders, both lay and clergy, for more effective ministry?
Your support of Christ’s work here in the West Virginia Region will be gratefully received and carefully used to strengthen all of our life together.  We give thanks for you in this season of newborn faith and deeper hope!

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