Our congregation has experienced a great sadness.We have been mourning the death of our choir director, Daren Miller.I know that this has affected so many of you deeply.I, too, miss my colleague, my friend, a great musician, and inspiration to so many.But we do not grieve without hope.

As we celebrate Advent and Christmas, we celebrate the coming of Jesus to the world.Jesus was born for circumstances such as this.Jesus was born to defeat all that would do us harm and kill us.As the baby in the manger grows, he teaches us about the great love and grace of God.He goes to the cross and dies for us.He takes on the power of death and sin and evil and utterly defeats them.As Jesus rises, he triumphs over death.Jesus was born for this.As we light candles and read the good news we hear, “To you is born this day in the city of David, a savior, who is Christ the Lord.Jesus is born to save.Jesus is born for life.Jesus is the light that shines in the darkness and the darkness does not overcome it.

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!Celebrate the birth of the one who gives hope and who gives life.Thanks be to God!

Congregational president Jeff Eckhoff, the personnel committee and I have reviewed the choir director job description and we will be moving forward to find our next choir director.We’ll keep you posted as the process unfolds.Thank you to Nick Fosheim, Gea Eckhoff, Jerry Goddard, Christine Verba, and Kay Dahlquist our music leaders who are continuing to implement the music plan for December that Daren had put in place.Thank you, also, to them for their work in the coming months.

A blessed Advent and Merry Christmas to you all from me and Jeff, Anna and Jorey.Blessings on your December!

Pastor Siri