Nov 28, 2021
Good morning New Street Family,
Christmastime is Here/Medley is performed by guest pianist, Adam Booth and plays against the backdrop of pictures of New Street elves decorating the sanctuary, and crafts for the children in Wesley Hall.
The season of Advent, which comes from the Latin word adventus meaning "coming" or "visit," begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. Advent is the beginning of the church year for Christians.
During Advent, we prepare for and anticipate the coming of Christ. We remember the longing of Jews for a Messiah and our own longing for and need of forgiveness, salvation and a new beginning. Even as we look back and celebrate the birth of Jesus in a humble stable in Bethlehem, we also look forward anticipating the second coming of Christ as the fulfillment of all that was promised by his first coming.
Although we are accustomed to celebrating Christmas on a single day, in both Christian tradition and on the church calendar, the Christmas season lasts from sundown on Dec. 24 (Christmas Eve) through Epiphany of the Lord (Jan. 6). This is sometimes referred to as "the 12 days of Christmas."
Source: "What is Advent?", by Dean McIntyre, retired director of music resources, Discipleship Ministries. http://www.umc.org/what-we-believe/what-is-advent
All-Present One, may we find a sense of hope and anticipation in the midst of our current realities. In this season of Advent encourage and strengthen our faith, and give us eyes to see you! Amen. Amen.
“…I will raise up a righteous branch from David’s line, who will do what is just and right in the land…” Jeremiah 33:15b (CEB)
In this season of Advent: May God give us hearts that are open to hope, feet that stand firm on God’s promises, eyes that are alert to the ways Christ comes among us, and hands that are ready to work for God’s kingdom. In the name of Jesus, our coming king we pray. Amen.
Pastor Dee-Ann Dixon
New Street United Methodist Church | Shepherdstown Church
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