Annual Christmas Letter

Dear Friend of Saint Andrew,

Charles Wesley used the Book of Haggai as the inspiration for his famous hymn, Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus. In it the prophet Haggai spoke to the people of Judah who returned from their exile in Babylon to find the world, as they knew it, had been destroyed. Haggai reminded the people of God’s faithfulness in the past, and reassured them of God’s abiding presence, which would bring them the peace and joy they longed for.

In this third millennium, our world has changed, and continues to change, often in troubling ways. Like the people of Judah, we too, long for peace and joy. The seasons of Advent and Christmas remind us of God’s saving actions in the past and they also reassure us that God continues to act in our world and be present to us. As people of faith, we know our true joy and lasting peace can only be found in Christ. And so, we sing out “Come thou long expected Jesus.”

The parish ministries and the celebration of the Eucharist and the Sacraments at Saint Andrew Parish serve as a salve to many who look for comfort. Through these ministries, liturgical experiences and the warmth of our community they encounter the Lord who frees us from our fears and brings joy to our longing hearts.

 

2925-copyAs we celebrate the birth of our Savior please consider making a generous Christmas donation to Saint Andrew Parish. Your gift will help Saint Andrew continue to be a sign of hope to the Lake View community and beyond, through the many people and ministries that make up our parish.

During these blessed days filled with family and friends, I invite you to join our parish family in celebrating this great season of love, joy and peace. Please be assured of my appreciation for your generosity. You will be in my thoughts and prayers at Mass this Christmas Season.

Peace in Christ,

 

Reverend Sergio Romo

Pastor

 

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come, thou long expected Jesus,
born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us,
let us find our rest in thee.
Israel’s strength and consolation,
hope of all the earth thou art;
dear desire of every nation,
joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver,
born a child and yet a King,
born to reign in us forever,
now thy gracious kingdom bring.
By thine own eternal spirit
rule in all our hearts alone;
by thine all sufficient merit,
raise us to thy glorious throne.

Charles Wesley, 1707-1788

 

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