Advent is Anticipation
The end of Thanksgiving means the official buildup toward Christmas has begun. Christmas songs will be on the radio, stores will lure you in with major sales and favorite Christmas shows will be on the television. The same can be said in the Church. You will see the big tree is set up and decorated in the worship space, the nativity is set up, and the hallways are decorated. This season of anticipation and buildup toward Christmas is called Advent. The word advent means “coming.” Think of the anticipation of a favorite friend or family member coming to visit.
Most of us begin to get excited for the Christmas season. We have favorite foods or activities that are traditions or that bring back good memories. During the season of Advent, this same excitement begins to grow as we remember the first time Jesus came to earth. He came as a baby in a manger and He came to save each and every one of us. We also remember Jesus has promised to come again; this second coming we anticipate and wait for during this season of Advent.
We’ve decided to bring these two favorites together this year for worship during our Advent season. We will be using some classic Christmas stories to tell the story and build the anticipation for the true Christmas. Through the season of Advent, we will be remembering some of the most famous stories of Christmas; Rudolph, Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman and the Polar Express.
Each of these secular Christmas stories teaches parts of the true Christmas story. In the same way, our lives tell the Story of Christmas each day. Our hope, this Advent season, is that we are all able to see, witness the story and grow in anticipation as it unfolds each day. Every week, we will explore these fun memorable moments of Christmas. We will help one another step away from the frantic nature of the season and gain deeper meaning in the stories of our own lives as we prepare the way of the Lord!
“As it is written in Isaiah the prophet, ‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face,who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’’” Mark 1:2-3