Need more hope, peace, joy and love in your life? Might our world benefit from a great infusion of the beautiful themes of Advent?
I’m ready, beloveds, really ready to embrace the new liturgical cycle with its unfolding drama of Christ’s life and teaching. The First Sunday in Advent (December 3) is Happy New Year to us because the church keeps time differently.
We begin our year with Advent—four weeks of waiting—retelling the present/ancient story of a suffering world and our deep need for God to come among us. Secular society elongates Christmas backward and is already having a party that ends December 25. The Christian Christmas begins that day and carries through Epiphany. We keep time differently in the church, and it all begins this Sunday.
We will light the advent wreath each week building a circle of prayer for hope, peace, joy and love. You will notice a slow but steady “build” of traditional symbols throughout the Sanctuary. We will gather. We will carol. We will worship.
Bring your over-scheduled, over-extended self to worship, as often as you can, and welcome ever more of God’s good gifts into your heart.
See you in church,