Thanksgiving is past, holiday shopping is in full swing, and with it the holiday rush. Meanwhile in the church we are settling into the Christian New Year which begins with a season of preparation called Advent. Like the rest of the world we are preparing for Christmas, only our preparation is more internal than external. Over the next four weeks we are called to spend time in prayer and worship focusing on acts of generosity and consuming less. We are trying to prepare ourselves spiritually for the part of Christmas which is all about Jesus coming into the world. The birth of hope, the good news for the world, that is what Christians are called to prepare for. It is an inward journey, and at the same time the world around us is preparing outwardly for celebrations and feasting.
The scripture reading for the first Sunday of Advent is from the prophet Isaiah who speaks of going to the house of the Lord up on a high mountain. The high mountain, God's house was seen as a holy place, a place which is set apart for a specific purpose. This Advent season, in which we prepare spiritually for the birth of Christ, what are your holy places? Where do you find connection with the divine?
All are welcome this Sunday as we begin the season of Advent as a church community.
3pm Work Together
4pm Worship Together
5pm Eat together