Our journey from Advent to Christmas can be one of the most spiritually enriching seasons of the year. As we steadily pace ourselves toward our celebration of Christmas, we have an opportunity to listen to prophetic promises with fresh ears, to hear the angels sing as if for the first time, and to imagine the nativity with eyes wide open.
During this festive season, our occasions for worship will be filled with the sounds and symbols of Advent. Voices from multiple generations will lead us in singing the expectant hymns and hope-filled songs that announce, “Joy to the world, the Lord is come.” From the lighting of the Advent candles, to the singing of the carols, to the messianic prophecies and nativity stories, our worship opportunities during December will deepen your faith and nourish your soul.
To navigate your Advent journey, I encourage you to utilize an Advent Devotional Guide for your daily quiet time. Our Children’s Ministry has prepared a booklet of devotionals written by families in our church, a booklet which will be distributed on Sunday December 2. Several other devotional resources are available online and at local bookstores.
During Advent, let us ROC with generous giving. First, your tithes will support our missions and ministries through the church budget. Second, again this year we invite your participation in seasonal missions such as Angel Tree, the World Mission Offering in honor of Lottie Moon, and other local holiday projects. Finally, we encourage your end-of-the-year gifts toward the ROC which is scheduled to open in January.
Devote primetime to family and friends. During the holiday blitz your calendar can quickly become overcrowded with activities sponsored by the church, school, and office. Protect your calendar from holiday overload and designate some primetime to be with family and friends.
Don’t let the holiday rush dictate your pace. Like the wise ones of preceding years, take time to intentionally navigate your way toward the star in Bethlehem.
As we progress through our Advent journey, may we be filled with the hope, peace, love, and joy of Christ.