The Villager Voice
I have long held that the church that survives into the future must be adroit, nimble and adaptive.  We need to pay attention to the world around us and act with both faithfulness and benevolence.  All of these considerations, along with a few more, have led us to the difficult decision to postpone this Sunday’s planned cantata.  Covid rates are rising again, and nobody has yet pinned down the behavior or transmissibility of the omicron variant.  But hospital admissions are soaring and breakthrough cases are becoming more commonplace, so Karli and I decided, in consultation with some in the choir, that we need to stay vigilant, careful and wise.
We know this will prove disappointing; we are disappointed ourselves.  But at the end of the day it just didn’t make sense to host a service that will attract higher-than-usual numbers, and then have the choir sing for forty minutes straight.  We care too much for all of you to put you at risk of illness or worse.  (And if you’re wondering about Christmas Eve, we are paying close attention to that as well:  over the past couple years our attendance for that service has averaged about 80, which is twice what we’ve been seeing on Sunday, though it is still less than 25% of our sanctuary’s capacity, plus the choir won’t be singing for forty minutes straight.)  Of course, this means I now have about 48 hours to write Sunday’s sermon.  A preaching professor of mine once memorably said that every minute of preaching should have an hour of preparation, study and research behind it.  This means my sermon can be no longer than 48 minutes long.  Be grateful we cancelled the cantata as late as we did! 
Sunday is the fourth and final Sunday of Advent.  It always seems to rush by, but with nearly a week between Sunday and Christmas, I invite you to savor the days in between, slow down, let yourself enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, and know the peace and presence of Jesus, in your life and in your heart.

Sunday December 19, 2021 Bulletin
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