“It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year” is one of the first Christmas songs I sing at this time of year. I actually started singing this song as I prepared Thanksgiving dinner. We were expecting a houseful of family and friends, and I was brimming with excitement to spend time with them all. Lately, I am stuck wondering, “Is it really the Most Wonderful time?” Songs of happiness and glad tidings will be playing all around us. We will be gathering together with family and friends, sharing gifts, food, and making new memories. Many of you will spend time watching children perform at school holiday concerts, and perhaps, our very own Christmas program at church. Our houses and neighborhoods will be twinkling with brightly colored lights.
All of this IS Wonderful! But really, what is it that makes this time of year so special? Here’s what I think. It’s the magic! The awe and wonder of Christ's love for us! Every day during Advent, I encourage you to keep an eye out for the wonder of the season. When you gather with friends, listen to their stories of waiting and preparing for the season. Perhaps these friends help a family in need with their shopping. Or you may find that others can’t wait to unpack a beautiful nativity scene handed down from generation to generation. You may be given the opportunity to a help friend who is mourning the loss of someone dear by listening as they share their precious memories. And maybe, you’ll learn of others who take time to quietly sit and reflect on Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and Jesus’ birth in a stable.
There will be many ways to reflect on the beauty of this season, and we hope you’ll join us! We’ll have Advent devotionals available; they will be on the table in the Narthex. Please help yourself and share with friends as there are plenty to go around! A special note for our little ones: we are sprucing up our activity bags. They’ll be packed with fun things to do, so be sure to check them out!
It all begins in worship on December 3rd as we begin our Advent journey together. The children and I will be upstairs after worship hearing the stories of Advent. This is a precious opportunity to open our children’s eyes, ears, and hearts to how God was preparing his people for the birth of Jesus. We will also be preparing, practicing, and fine tuning our Christmas Program. It’s an exciting time for them, and they are anxious and eager to perform for you all!
Mark Your Calendars! Tell all your family and friends! They won’t want to miss our children’s program on Sunday December 17th during worship. Join us as the children add their distinctive, whimsical touch to this Advent season.
Friends, there are many, many opportunities for you to be involved in this season of Advent. Join us! Let’s take this Advent journey together. There’s Bible study, prayer breakfast, and as always, worship on Sunday mornings!