The hymns for Advent have been chosen. Steve and I have planned every worship service through the end of the year, and he has prepared a wonderful service of music December 9th where the choir and orchestra will present Vivaldi’s Magnificat. I will serve as liturgist that day and let the music do the preaching.
Keeping the balance between Advent expectation and Christmas joy always takes some doing, but it is worth it, because each season holds separate gifts. After all, in Advent we are not expecting anything we’ve seen or known before. We may be in the run up to the celebration of the Jesus’ birth, but what we are awaiting is his return at the end of time.
The late Peter Gomes, former Chaplain at Harvard, has written “There is no hope in history, no age, no season to which we could return when everything would be fine. There is no place where it works. In essence there is no place better than where we are right now, and where we are right now doesn’t work. So the only place where we can invest, where there is a harvest worth aspiring to, is in the future, and it is given flesh and blood and bone and purpose in the form of Jesus Christ. We look forward to a new heaven and a new earth in which the promise of the creation is to be fulfilled.”
This Sunday I will make my wreath of candles at the Advent Festival and start the work of waiting for Christ to come again, knowing it is not a passive activity, but the work of hope.
With Expectation, Catherine
Scripture Readings for December 2, 2018
The First Sunday of Advent
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13