Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Advent blessings to you all! As a child, Advent was always my favorite church season. It was a time of awe and wonder, and with each candle lit, I knew the excitement of Christmas was one week closer. Of course, in Advent, we are not really meant to prepare for the arrival of Christmas so much as we are to prepare for the arrival of Christ.
It can be hard to do both at the same time. One calls us to patient watchfulness and hopeful expectation, and the other begs for frenzy, excitement, and much activity. If you are like me, no matter how patient and you try to be, the month of December brings with it a lot to do and attend to.
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 3, 5:00
–Youth Cookie Baking, Sunday December 10, 10:15
–Lessons and Carols, Sunday December 10, 4:00
–Breakfast with Santa, Saturday December 16, 9:30-11:30
–Decorating the church, Saturday December 16, 9:30
–Christmas Pageant, Sunday December 17, 9:00
–Christmas Caroling, Sunday December 17, 2:00
–Christmas Eve Worship, Sunday, December 24, 5:00, 7:00, and 11:00
We are also holding Advent evening services again—a break in the week to slow down, eat together, and have time for prayer and contemplation. This year, we will be using a new service, Prayer around the Cross. We will gather around a cross to center our hearts and minds on Christ in this season. The services will be held Tuesdays, December 5, 12, and 19 at 7:00 pm. A soup supper will be shared at 6:00.
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. Have a very blessed Advent, and a wonderful Christmastime!