Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is a version of the Latin word meaning "coming". During this season there are many ways that we can patiently wait for the coming of our Lord. When you enter the sanctuary to worship this week you will notice that the tree which has been decorated with Chrismon’s; Christ monograms in white and gold that emphasize the holy king who arrives as a helpless infant. Another addition to our worship space will be the Advent wreath. The circle of greens reminds us of God’s everlasting creation and unending grace as well as the light that shines in the darkness.
There are other ways to observe Advent; the re-reading of the birth narrative and choosing from the materials that are available in the Narthex. A congregational Christmas card has been prepared for all to sign and share greetings with each other during this most holy season. The money saved on postage and cards could be given to a favorite charity. There are also Advent coloring books—coloring isn’t just for children anymore. Quiet time can be spent filling the pages with color and remembering the birth of our Infant Lord who comes to save us all. Finally, an active way to get involved in observing Advent is the Walk to Bethlehem. Make the trek with members of Good Shepherd as we join churches across the North Carolina Synod who will also walk the 6,187 Miles. There is a place to sign up and log your miles on the bulletin board in the gathering area.
Each Wednesday during December (6, 13, 20) the congregation will gather for a meal at 6 p.m. and Holden Evening Worship. This will provide a time of quiet reflection in which to rest our holiday wearied souls.
Reading scripture, Advent wreaths, Chrismons, special worship and music, coloring, and walking the path to Bethlehem will help us set aside intentional time to prepare our hearts to receive Christ our newborn kind.