Upcoming Church Liturgical Calendar
On December 3rd, Advent begins.
Proclaim His Good News as we wait for Him to come again.”
“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not…[cannot]…overcome it.” Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
shall come to thee…”
Waiting and preparation are key themes of Advent. We wait with expectation, but it is not a passive waiting. Instead it is a time in which we invite Christ to speak to our hearts, to quiet the frenetic pace of what has become for many a secular holiday and to meditate on His grace. To view Advent simply as part of the liturgical calendar is to miss the point. This season—the beginning of a new church year—calls us to reflect upon the first Advent when Christ’s birth ushered in the Kingdom of God and fulfilled God’s promise of redemption. While we celebrate this culmination of salvation history annually in Advent, the hope for the SECOND Advent drives our Christian lives and purpose and can’t be relegated to four weeks before the celebration of the Nativity. Christ became incarnate of the Virgin Mary over 2000 years ago, but He promised to never leave nor forsake us. Christians through the ages have been called to reflect His incarnation in our lives, witnessing His presence in mission and ministry as we serve in the world as agents of His transforming love…to proclaim His Good News as we wait for Him to come again.
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and forever. Amen.
Our Advent Devotional can be found here.