by Phillip Brunswick, Organist and Choir Master

advent bannersThe season of Advent begins Sunday, Nov. 30. We will mark this important time with our annual Service of Lessons and Carols, followed by our Advent Event. The Choirs of Grace Church and the Church School Committee invite everyone to join us at 5 p.m. on the 30th for this special event.

Before the season begins, let’s take a moment to reflect on the true meaning of Advent:

Advent  [from latin adventus: coming]

The Lord is coming. During Advent we recall the history of God’s people and reflect on how the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament were fulfilled. This gives us a background for the present. Today we can reflect on God’s presence among us since the beginning of time and so begin to understand what it means to us now, in our own future and that of our world.

Advent is more than Christmas Prep

Advent gives us a twofold vision of our lives as Christians and shows us the possibilities of life. In Advent we look back to the first coming of Christ at Bethlehem and to the future when Christ will come again. In the interval between these two events we Christians find meaning for our lives.

First we celebrate God-become-human, experience God’s presence as a human being in history. Christ came to show us what life can and should be. He gave us true and valid principles by which we can live true and valid lives. But knowing that the human heart can not live in isolation, Jesus formed the Church as a people held together by love. In this community we discover unlimited possibilities and meaning.

When Christ left this earth, he did not abandon us. He remains with us in his Spirit, the Church, the sacraments, the Scriptures and each other. As his people, we remember his presence in the signs and symbols of the liturgy and in our lives. His presence among us will be revealed in never-ending fullness that will perfect and complete our
community.

In these few short weeks of Advent we take in a sweeping panorama of time – from Christ’s birth to the promise of his Second Coming. This season brings us the magnificent vision of life and hope for the future given to us by Christ.

Advent is our time to become caught up in the meaning and the possibilities of life as a Christian community. The Lord is coming. When he comes may he find us awake, watchful and faithful.

 

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