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Coming Together in Advent

Gathering as a people, we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

In the weeks of Advent, the Christian people come together to practice waiting. It’s a busy time of year, so it may not seem necessary to add something else to our calendars. The waiting of Advent is, at its heart, anticipating Christ. But Christmas will not happen sooner because we are eager, nor can we delay it because we are not ready.

Throughout this season of Advent, we are invited to prepare food for one another, in the way that we are also preparing for Jesus’ arrival. We’ll then be gathering together at tables to share a midweek meal. We’ll have time for sharing and reflection. We’ll offer the ponderings of our hearts as gifts to God. Our voices will join in song and our ears will listen for God’s great gift of hope.

As the days grow shorter and the nights deeper, we are reminded to share the light of hope, peace, joy and love in our lives.

Join us on Wednesdays, December 5 and 12 when Advent Midweek worship begins with dinner at 5:45 p.m. in Crary Hall and will transition into the sanctuary for worship at 6:30. Sign up in the narthex to bring soup or rolls for the midweek dinners. We need at least 12 pots of soup along with 10 dozen rolls each week. We especially need help with set-up and clean-up; volunteers can sign up on the board in the Narthex.

On the table where the sign-up board is located, you will also find a number of materials designed to facilitate your devotion and reflection time during Advent, including a playlist of music, several different types of Advent calendars, and a booklet of devotions made by members of Good Shepherd.

 

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