December Newsletter

Community of the Incarnation
Where Everyone Embodies the Christ
A Progressive Independent Catholic Church
Bishop Janet Sunderland Bishop Clifford J. Kroski
Charles Fillmore Chapel, Unity Temple on the Plaza
707 W. 47th Street, Kansas City, MO

Mass Schedule
10:30 a.m. Charles Fillmore Chapel
December 2: First Sunday of Advent
Bishop Cliff Kroski
December 9: Second Sunday of Advent
Bishop Janet Sunderland
December 16: Third Sunday of Advent
Bishop Cliff Kroski
December 23: Fourth Sunday of Advent
Bishop Janet Sunderland
December 25: Christmas Day
Bishops Kroski & Sunderland
December 30: Feast of the Holy Family
Bishop Janet Sunderland

Christmas Party
Please join us for a festive evening of food, music,
laughter, carols, and of course, Figgie Pudding on
Thursday, December 20th from 6pm- until (the world
ends?). Feel free to bring a side dish or beverage.

We have entered a special and holy time of year as we journey towards Christmas and the end of the year, celebrating both the rebirth of light and the rebirth of the calendar year.
On the first Sunday in Advent, we call in the angels, bless the Advent wreath and candles and light the first candle on the wreath to symbolize our journey to renewal. We hear the prophet Jeremiah proclaim, “The days are coming when the Lord will fulfill a promise to the house of Israel and Judah.” Luke’s gospel, which we hear in this church year, speaks of the need to be vigilant, awake and prepared. The Second Sunday of Advent, we hear the Prophet Baruch call us to “take off your robe of mourning and misery” and welcome the glory of God. Luke’s gospel presents John the Baptist who lives as the prophesy of Isaiah, as a “voice of one crying in the wilderness.”
Advent’s Third Sunday (Gaudete Sunday) presents the passage from Zephaniah, a vision of hope.
“The Lord has removed judgment against you..and will rejoice over you with gladness and renew you in love.” The gospel has the story of people coming to John the Baptist and asking, “What should we do?” A question for all of us to ponder as we welcome return of light and to being more fully present in living the gospel.
The Fourth Sunday has the prophet Micah proclaiming, “He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock.” Luke’s gospel contains the story of Mary traveling to visit Elizabeth. The story of a pregnant young woman traveling miles across barren lands filled with robbers and wild beasts to visit to her cousin might help us reframe our image of Mary.
The expectation and prophecies are fulfilled as we celebrate Christmas amid light, carols, joy, and the proclamation from Isaiah: “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.” The gospel reminds us, “Do not be afraid.” The last Sunday of December celebrates the Holy Family and reminds us that all families are called to holiness and wholeness.
As we journey through these Sundays of Advent and celebrate the Christmas season, let us search for joy, hope, promise, and fulfillment. As we remember and celebrate a child born 2,000 years ago, take some time this month to reflect on your journey of faith. What have you learned? How have you deepened your spiritual life? Where do you find light, peace, rebirth and joy?
Merry Christmas!
+Cliff and +Janet

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