Coming Sunday, December 16th
"The Sounds of Advent"
A couple weeks ago, as we began this Advent season which prepares us for the power and purpose of Christmas, I shared with you in worship a reading from the ancient prophets as “The Sounds of Advent.” Once again this year we hear from the Prophet Isaiah, the sounds of God stepping into history, rescuing lives that are seemingly fading away, of salvation for a people who often didn’t really know what they needed, or where they were ultimately headed. And for us; what do we hear? I’m convinced I hear sounds of the Christ in my life, Who, indeed, is waiting, watching and hoping that I, too, will follow the Light. Yes, the hectic pace of this season sounds like me on this month long journey that can become so hurried and stressful that I easily lose sight of what this time of year is really all about:
“Though advent (literally “arrival”) has been observed for centuries as a time to contemplate Christ’s birth, most people today acknowledge it only with a blank look. For the vast majority of us, December flies by in a flurry of activities, and what is called “the holiday season” turns out to be the most stressful time of the year. It is also a time of contrasting emotions. We are eager, yet frazzled; sentimental, yet indifferent.
One minute we glow at the thought of getting together with our family and friends; the next we feel utterly lonely. Our hope is mingled with dread, our anticipation with despair. We sense the deeper meanings of the season but grasp at them in vain; and in the end all the bustle leaves us frustrated and drained.
We miss the essence of Christmas unless we become, in the words of Eberhard Arnold, ‘mindful of how Christ’s birth took place.’ Once we do, we will sense immediately that Advent marks something momentous: God’s coming into our midst. And that coming is not just something that happened in the past. It is a recurring possibility here and now. And thus Advent is not merely a commemorative event or an anniversary, but a yearly opportunity for us to consider the future, the Second Advent, the promised coming of God’s kingdom on earth- here and now!”
-Section in quotes was adapted by M. Bryant from Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas
Worship Sunday at 10.00 AM
If you're seeking a Traditional worship experience, this service is designed for you. Each week worship includes traditional hymns, prayer throughout, shared wisdom from the kids before they go off to Children's Church, and a word from Pastor Mike. The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated the first Sunday of each month.
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