Be Prepared

This year has been flying by. Just yesterday it felt as if Pastor Vera was leaving for Sabbatical and now we’re already getting set for Advent and Christmas. In the midst of the fast-paced fall, I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with our kids of all ages. Middle School has had AMAZING Sunday School lessons as we dove into Revelation. High School ministries have been rich and full with †ED, activities, and the youth gathering this last month. Even our children’s ministries have been fun from Sunday School to Kingdom Kids!

One particular children’s ministry has been sticking in my brain as I get set to gear up for Advent. I have been lucky enough to be working with a few of our older Cub Scouts as they get ready to move up to Boy Scouts. They’ve been learning about how their relationship with God impacts their life as scouts (and vice-versa!), but I haven’t been able to get Be Prepared, the Boy Scout Motto, out of my head. For scouts, Be Prepared is a pretty self-explanatory motto. We need to be ready for any situation that may arise for us to be leaders in the community and our world. However, at this time of year, that motto means something a little different to us as Christians.

As we approach Advent, our time of waiting before our Lord Jesus’ birth, we need to be prepared, too. Often, that preparation ends up looking like decorating the house, putting up lights, and buying gifts, but the reality is so much more personal. We need to prepare ourselves for God incarnate. The situation will arise in which we need to be disciples and proclaimers of the Good News; the news that God has wrapped Himself in flesh as a baby in a manger in Bethlehem. We need to keep our eyes out for a star shining over a small town. We need to keep our ears out for a baby’s crying. We need to be prepared for the world to be turned upside down.

A great way to make those preparations is to join us at ELC this Advent season. Come to Sunday or Thursday worship, to Sunday School, to youth activities, and to everything in between. Be Prepared isn’t just a Scout Motto—it’s an Advent Motto.
Dan Bock

Children, Youth, & Family Minister

TED Grove Cafe 2016

Contact Dan
cell: 701-412-1695
church: 303-674-4654

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