FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT - NOVEMBER 30, 2014
Although the historical record is sketchy, it appears that our Advent arose out of a season of fasting to prepare for baptisms at Epiphany. By the sixth century, an eschatological emphasis was present.
Our Advent comprises the four Sundays before Christmas. Each year, the first Sunday deals with our readiness for divine judgment, the second Sunday the ministry of John the Baptist, the third Sunday the Baptist's call to a repentant life, and only on the fourth Sunday a narrative concerning the birth of Jesus.
God comes, in the past in the history of Israel and the incarnation of Jesus, in the present in the word and sacrament of each Sunday and in the sufferings of our time, and in the future at the end of all things. The lectionary appoints readings to fit this pattern, and its tone stands in stark contrast to our society's weeks of preparation for Christmas. Liturgical advice to keep a meaningful Advent without a December-long celebration of Christmas is meant not to be a kill-joy, but to awake our longing for the surprising ways that God comes to us. We mean to be a people who know what time it is and are willing to wait for what will come.
ADVENT AND CHRISTMAS WORSHIP SCHEDULE
- Sundays in Advent: 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. Worship with Holy Communion: Nov 30, Dec 7, 14 and 21.
- Wednesday Advent Worship: 7:00 p.m. Taizé singing; 7:15 p.m. Holden Evening Prayer, Dec 3, 10 and 17.
- Christmas Eve Wednesday, Dec 24 Services at 4:00 (child-friendly), 5:30 & 11:00 p.m.
- Christmas Day Thursday, Dec 25. Worship Service at 10:00 a.m.
- Dec 28, First Sunday after Christmas 8:15 and 11:00 a.m. Worship Services with Holy Communion. No Sunday school classes or Adult Forum this day.