Brookfield Congregational Church

8 Common Street
P.O. Box 457
Brookfield Massachusetts, 01506-0457
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Phone: (508) 867-6262
Sunday Service starts at 10:00 AM
Communion First Sunday of the Month

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December, 2023

Dear Church Family:

SAINT MARK in the Bible closes his Gospel account of the Lord Jesus with his last word “gar”, it is a word in Greek ( which is the original language of the whole New Testament) and in English is the word “for” as in “I will see you tomorrow FOR we have much more work to do”, and “We have just made a beginning FOR the story of the Lord Jesus continues on in you”.! I love that, that is the way St Mark closes his Gospel—no period at the end, no final words or sentences YET!

No final end to Gospel, or Bible, without you, nor without this whole good earth either. The Bible puts it very exactly: “Then . . .a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. And the one seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new’” Revelation 21:1,5 last book of the Bible.

So, this is Mark’s way of saying the story, activity of the Lord Jesus continues after the Bible finishes its account, continues on with you, or more accurately with US. Not me alone, but US in company with others. That is, always has been, in the church, The subject matter for Advent, which for us comes every December, the end of our calendar year AND the beginning of a new year. What past generations of Christians did in Advent was to get ready for “the Second Coming of Jesus”; we hold to that too. And to our part in letting others let go (A BIT!) as others continue on. This is the hard part for us. I think it was for Jesus too. Jesus said back then, ”Where I am going you cannot come now, but I will see you again and remember,” Jesus said, “I am with you always to the end of time.”


pastor john+

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