The Season of Advent
First, a note of change –
CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE IS AT 7 P.M. (NOT 8 P.M.)
What an interesting time for those of a spiritual nature – Thanksgiving in late November and then we swing into four weeks of Advent and then on to Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.
Our senses become overwhelmed with the smell of turkey and all the fixin’s; the smell of pine, the sight of the Advent candles, the wreaths, the Christmas tree and the creche.
This time of the year leads us to be more friendly, more open and possibly, more introspective…a sense of turning inward to recognize our family and friends, celebrate the coming of Jesus into our lives and the sacrifices of Mary and Joseph in bringing the new-born baby into the world.
The readings for Advent are:
Advent 1, December 1
The Joy of Hope
Isaiah 11:1-10, opt. Matthew 3:1-3
Advent 2, December 8
The Joy of Peace
Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122
Advent 3, December 15
Surprised by Joy
Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46b-55
Advent 4, December 22
The Joy of God With Us
Recognize what a beautiful child of God you are, mend fences if they need mending and celebrate the season and the gifts you have been given.
Afterall, it is never too late to change; as the saying goes:
Everyday you wake up is the first day of the rest of your life!
Celebrate life; celebrate the birth of Jesus; be at peace with yourself and the world.
Rev. John Sanborn