Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Advent blessing to you all! Every year, I am struck anew by the juxtaposition of Advent and December. The church season dedicated to waiting, longing, and patient expectation takes place in possibly the busiest, most hectic month of the year.
It was not always this way, of course: the season of Advent, of preparing for the birth of Christ in our homes and in our hearts, existed long before the craziness of the holiday season focused on gifts, parties, and consumption. It is difficult, sometimes, to hold these two somewhat discordant
And yet we always manage, somehow. It helps, I think, when some of the events we find ourselves busy with help to share in the spirit of hope and peace. This year, as always, we will have many events and activities to mark the seasons of Advent and Christmas at Saint Paul’s:
–Service at Zion Baptist Church, Sunday, December 4, 5:00
–Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 10, 9:30-11:30
–Decorating the church, Saturday, December 10, 9:30
–Lessons and Carols, Sunday, December 11, 4:00
–Christmas Pageant, Sunday, December 18, 9:00
–Christmas Caroling, Sunday, December 18, 2:00
–Christmas Eve Worship, Saturday, December 24, 5:00, 7:00, and 11:00
–Christmas morning worship, Sunday, December 25, 9:30
We are also holding Advent Dinner Church again—a break in the week to slow down, eat together, and consider how the light of Christ is already dawning in our world. There will be two more dinners, on December 7 and 14.
My hope is that in the midst of this busy season, you may find time for both excitement and peace, for celebration and hope, for patience and festivity.
May you live within the light of love in these coming days. May love call forth the songs you sing. May love enliven your celebrations. May love be within you, and may love surround you. May you know–deeply know–the abundance of God’s steadfast love.
Pastor Laura Tancredi