The 4 th Sunday of Advent

May our waiting for the Messiah lead to a deeper
relationship with Jesus and His mother.

May we discern God’s will as Jesus did and not be afraid
to step out in faith toward loving service.

May we follow Mary’s example of reaching out beyond our
immediate confines to help and honor someone.

May the families who are hurt and homeless because of
natural disasters–like the recent tornadoes–find healing,
safety, and the needed resources.

May our hearts leap for joy as we recognize God-with-us
in the people and events of our lives.

May those of us who have experienced the loss of loved
ones or the loss of livelihood find strength and renewal in

Paul Witte