PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
December 3, 2017
In our Hebrew lesson this week (Isaiah 64:1-9), the prophet reminds us that we are God's creation. God fashioned us. We are God's handiwork, God's pottery. Just like a piece of pottery, we too can become damaged or lost and Isaiah prays to God to come revive our spirits, wash our filth and repair our brokenness.
I'm often asked, "Why we need the Advent season? Why not just conform to the world and jump right into the celebration of Christmas after the dishes are put-away on Thanksgiving?" The answer to this question is found in this passage. We need the Advent season to reflect on what needs fixing and to give the Potter time to mend it, so that Christ's spirit can be born anew in our hearts at Christmas.
There is much to do this time of year; shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating etc. But there also needs to be time for reflection and for making repairs to the brokenness in our lives. This Advent season, let us not be so caught-up in the busyness of the season that it interferes with the business of the season. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.