Advent invites us to deeper reflection so that we can experience greater celebration and joy. While there is a lot of emotion and tradition associated with Christmas, one of the things the season of Advent does is remind us of what this feast is truly about.
Think about it in terms of the ancient festivals with regard to the solstice – regardless of what has happened in the last year the sun is now making its way back to our hemisphere. Light is returning – and warmth, too. Of course, this doesn’t work so well if you live in the Southern Hemisphere. While Christmas celebration in December might have originated as a result of the return of the sun to northern climes, there is another aspect – the most important aspect with regard to Christmas that has nothing to do with sunshine and everything to do with Godshine!
This Third Sunday of Advent we explore together one of the results of our inviting God’s Spirit to enter our lives: The Spirit reminds us of what is truly important. To really celebrate Christmas we may have to let go of some of the emotions and traditions that have provided us comfort in the past. Join us for worship as we look at passages from Isaiah 61 and Luke 1.
Jenny Robbins will sing our anthem: Mary Did You Know.
We invite you to join us for worship this coming Sunday.
This has made the rounds – but it is relevant I think – can we “get over ourselves” so that our love for each other can grow? Hug the Bear.