When I looked around the congregation on Sunday and through the church school classes, I noticed some new faces and some faces we haven't seen for quite some time. The seasons of Advent and Christmas lend themselves to a spirit of hospitality, as we prepare to welcome Christ, God incarnate into our midst. At the same time, may we also be preparing our hearts each Sunday to welcome Christ, the stranger. Please join me in an Advent of intentional hospitality, of going above and beyond what we already do to welcome the other, and to help people feel wrapped up in God's love, expressed in community.