Imagine with me. It’s Christmas Eve, and worship is drawing to a close. The sanctuary dims, and a candle is lit, and people begin to sing, “Silent Night, Holy Night.” Slowly the light is passed candle to candle, illuminating smiling faces and a few teary ones too. I’ve celebrated Christmas Eve in my home churches in West Virginia, on both coasts, the island of American Samoa, and in each church I’ve served. And every time, I’m moved by the power of the simple moment, candle light and “Silent night.” Could we create moments like that one in our homes and our daily lives more often?
Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent, a new year in the life of the church. I just love a new year! An opportunity to try again, to start fresh, to re-prioritize, all with a fresh blank slate.
So, as begin another year of life as followers of Jesus, what new practices will you try to draw closer to the reason for the season? What if instead of filling every moment with hustle and bustle, we instead chose to pause, reflect, and pray? What if instead of being busy, busy, busy we simply paused to be?
Our theme for the season is Calm and Bright: Celebrating 200 years of Silent Night. Each week as we get closer to Christmas we’ll explore one of the verses, and remember together the real meaning of Christmas. We will pause together, to remember who and whose we are, and what the gift of the season truly is: love incarnate.
Tomorrow, we’ll hear again that ancient promise of the prophet Isaiah,
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined…
For a child has been born for us,
a son given to us… Isaiah 9: 6.
Join us for the start of a new year, a new promise of God’s peace. Join us to sing familiar Christmas Carols and ponder anew, God’s gift of love for you.
I’ll see you on Sunday,