We light candles and count days during the season of Advent to mark the passing of time in anticipation of the coming of Christ at Christmas. But Advent isn’t only a season of anticipation. It is also a time of preparation, in which we prepare ourselves to welcome Christ. As the Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent says so eloquently:
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation,
that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion
prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you,in the unity of the
Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. (BCP, page 212).
Our tradition helps us with this preparation by giving us a different word each week of Advent to center our lives and prayers on. These words are hope, peace, joy and love. Please join Kathleen and me in an Advent Christian education offering in which, we will take turns facilitating a contemplation of what these words signify to us and our world.
The schedule is as follows:
Sunday, November 29th at 11am
Sunday, December 6th, 11am
Sunday, December 13th, 11am
Sunday, December 20th, 11am
These sessions will take place via Zoom and will last not more than one hour. I hope you will join us.