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The Rev. Linda Lane-Bortell
Advent Sermon Series: A Christmas Carol
The four weeks before Christmas form the season of Advent. This year the first Sunday of Advent is December 2nd. Traditional Advent themes and scripture passages are focused on repentance, preparation, waiting, and expectation. Those who observe a strict Advent do not sing Christmas carols or read the Christmas story until December 25 (Presbyterians usually bend this rule and observe Christmas on the evening of Christmas Eve). The Christmas season is from December 25 to January 6 (the day of Epiphany celebrating the arrival of the Magi at the home of Mary and Joseph). For those who observe the church calendar Christmas parties, caroling, readings from of Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2, and Christmas worship services would happen in this two-week period. It’s a lovely idea to anticipate Christmas all of December and then have the big celebration in the slow part of the month. However, to make that happen would require going upstream without a paddle. This year we are going to prepare for Christmas by reading the Christmas stories and reflecting on their meaning for our lives during Advent so that when we celebrate Christmas we will have clarity about what we are celebrating. In addition to reading the first Christmas from Matthew and Luke, we will also turn to Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol to consider how Christmas calls us to live. Inspired by Dickens the sermons in Advent will consider Christmas Past, Future, and Present. Christmas Past: the First Christmas, Future: Christ’s vision of peace, and Present: Christ is born in us today. To enhance your experience, please read (in this order) Matthew 1, 2, Luke 1, 2 during the four weeks of Advent and if you have extra time, A Christmas Carol.
Join us at 8:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve for our special Christmas Eve Worship Service.