Advent has begun, the season when we remember how the people of God longed for our Savior to come, and how we long for his second coming and the fullness of our salvation. We have several ways that we’ll be focusing our thoughts on these themes as a community.
On Sundays, we’ll be preaching on the life and teachings of John the Baptist and his model of faithful anticipation for God to act in our world. As we see his courageous faith in proclaiming the Kingdom of God, we look forward to learning new ways of following God’s call to do the same in Arlington and beyond.
One special tradition that we’ll be continuing is to have different households light the Advent wreath each week and share a reflection on how Christ’s presence has brought them joy in unexpected ways. Also, Restoarts will be on the job to shape our experience through music and visual art. They’ve designed some beautiful cards that will be handed out each week with an image, the collect, the Scripture, and some reflection questions on the sermon.
In addition to what’s happening on Sundays, we have some other opportunities to focus our hearts this season. Here are a few dates to get on our calendar:
- Fireside Chats – Dec 2, 9, 16 at 7:30 at Erica Chapman’s House
- Making Cookies for Our Neighbors – Dec 14 with APEX
- Caroling – Dec 21 at 7 pm at Sunrise Senior Living Center
- Christmas Eve Service – Dec 24 at 4pm and 6pm
We’re about to enter into a busy time of the year. But Advent is also a great opportunity for reflection on our longings for God to act, our need for a Savior, and the ways his presence brings us joy. So while you take advantage of the moments to celebrate with family, friends, and coworkers, I hope this is a season where you can set aside some time to connect with the powerful themes of Advent.
Have a great week,