The First Sunday in Advent
Readings: Isaiah 64:1-9; Psalm 80:1-7; 17-19; 1 Corinthians 1:1-9; Mark 13:24-37
Christmas is now not far away. The selling season is upon us. Shops are full of decorations. Santa sits in the centre of our malls. The rush to Christmas is begun. One could be forgiven for seeing this as a time of anything but waiting!
Yet waiting is exactly what the season of Advent asks of us. Before we arrive at the Christmas story we prepare with a season urging our eager and expectant waiting. We wait, however, not for holidays or presents. Rather, we remember the wait for the long-promised act of God: Jesus, the Saviour of the world, ‘came among us’.
It is no mistake that Advent is a ‘purple season’. It – just like Lent leading up to Easter – is a time of reverent repentance and preparation. Advent asks: Are ready to see in this birth the world-saving act of God?
By all means, get ready over this time to feast with family and friends. By far the most important preparation, however, is to be ready to hear and sing the praises of our humble saviour.
Holy Communion will be offered at both our services this Sunday: St Barnabas, Charnwood at 9:00am. The service at St Michael’s will be a little different as we celebrate the year with our children and our Sunday School ministry. All are welcome to either service.