We have now entered into Advent, which marks the beginning of our Church year. This is a season that calls us to return to God. This is a season of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of Christ. We are called to center ourselves and our lives on the promise of Christ and live out of that. It’s unfortunate that the busyness of the end of the semester and the busyness of this time of year seems to directly contradict what this season invites us into. There are tests and final papers and projects, after all. There are gifts to buy and parties to plan and trips to make. It’s exciting, but exhausting. In the midst of all of that, it’s all too easy to overlook the invitation of Advent to pause and light a candle and enter into scripture and lift up prayer. My hope is that you will find the time to reflect on the coming of Christ and the promise of healing and forgiveness he brings.
The rituals of Advent (candle lighting, devotions, and prayer) are not merely more things to add to your to do list, but are rather opportunities for rest and to be fed so that you might be sustained in accomplishing all that you have to do. And so I thought I’d share a couple of the opportunities for just that that are available to you:
- Midweek Advent Dinner and Worship – Both Hope Lutheran and Christ the King have FREE soup dinners and Holden Evening Prayer services on Wednesday throughout the season of Advent (November 30th, December 7th, 14th, and 21st).
- Hope Lutheran: dinner at 5:30 p.m., worship at 6:30 p.m.
- Christ the King: dinner at 6:00 p.m., worship at 7:00 p.m.
- Advent Devotional