On Sunday we took time to light the first advent candle. Lighting the advent wreath is an annual tradition for us at City View. Advent is a season in the church calendar that anticipates Christmas. It is four weeks of preparation. The funny thing is that Advent, in many ways, is the beginning of a new year for the church. Yes we celebrate New Years when December turns to January, but there is also a sense that this is the beginning of a new year as we anticipate the birth of Jesus.
With this in mind, we do take this season of anticipation seriously! We hope you can join us as we anticipate Christmas. Our gatherings will follow the Advent themes of Hope (yesterday), Peace (December 10), Joy (December 17) and Love (December 24). There is something revolutionary, subversive and counter-formative in learning to wait in a world that is distracted, consumed with stuff and stressed out. If any time our world needs Advent it is now.
We also have a daily devotional posted for Advent. It includes time to reflect each day leading up to Christmas both in the morning and evening. It is a great tool for you and your family.