Advent has begun in earnest. Last Sunday we lit the candle of hope, spoke of the hopes of Isaiah and Zechariah, heard a beautiful original song by Afan Huang embracing God’s land of promise, and spent some time deepening our understanding of the Holy Child of Bethlehem whom we hope will descend to us in this sacred season.
This coming Sunday, we will light the candle of peace and hear once more the ancient songs of Elizabeth and Mary as they anticipate the births of their blessed children. In anticipation of his role as the forerunner of the Messiah, the embryonic John the Baptist leaps in his mother’s womb at the arrival of the pregnant Mary. Would that we had such prescience to know when the Savior of the World draws near. Then the writer of Luke gives to the girl, Mary, the words that introduce a major theme of his gospel – the great reversal of fortune for those who are rich and powerful at the expense of the poor and weak. A new day – God’s day – is coming.
The second session of our exploration of Advent Spirituality will focus on the phrase “Cast Our Sin.” What do we need to do to make ourselves ready for the one to be “born in us today?” As another hymn sings,
People, look east. The time is near
of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.
Will that guest find us ready with a warm welcome? What in our own hearts and minds, lives and relationships might get in the way?
See you Sunday at 10:00 AM. Invite a family member, friend, colleague, neighbor or stranger to share the morning with you.
God grant us more light, more love, more life as we journey together.