Happy New Year, y’all! December 1, 2019 marks the beginning of a new year in the church liturgical calendar. It is a time of anticipation, not necessarily for the birth of a baby in a manger, but of the coming of a king to bring about God’s kingdom of peace in a world that knows no peace.
Contrary to what the secular world expects in this world of “Black Friday” and the search for the most “stuff” at the least cost, Advent is a time to slow down, to seek growing closer to God, and to seek the “peace that passes understanding.”
Advent is a time for us to evaluate who we are in light of who God expects us to be. As we enter this time together, I pray that you will grow closer to God and accept God’s gracious and loving gift this season.
As a church, we are following the Advent Devotionals of the Society of St. Andrew, a hunger ministry. We are following along with the daily Advent devotionals and we are collecting our change in coin banks to donate to their ministry on December 29. If you want to sign up for a daily Advent devotional from the Society of St. Andrew, click here. Check out our calendar to note the special services that are happening as we approach Christmas.