Friday, November 25, 2016

Advent 2016

This year, on advice, we are going outside the church to the front lawn during Advent.  Each Saturday (beginning on November 26), we will be holding a brief Advent lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m.  Please dress warmly, and come hear why the liturgical churches celebrate Advent formally at this time of year.  There is a Compline service that follows - everyone is welcome to attend a very short service before heading out to Christmas parties and events.

The word Advent means “coming.” It is a time to slow down, be quiet and meditate about the real meaning of Christmas. These four weeks before Christmas are a time to prepare our hearts and our lives as we wait for the coming of Jesus. We focus on the promise that God made to his people and how that promise was fulfilled in Jesus. Advent is also the beginning of the liturgical year. The season begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas (and we're starting the day at sundown Saturday night) and ends on the day before Christmas. It may be a time for new beginning for us as Christians.

In addition, we'd like to encourage everyone to be consciously *aware* during Advent.  You can watch this blog for things to contemplate each day.  You can take a look at this Advent calendar.  You can make your own traditions and celebrations

Think about what this time of year means.  Slow down from your shopping, and see if you can help others remember what this time is for.  The King is coming...

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