As we follow the church calendar, we order our time according to the life events of Jesus Christ. This calendar includes two great festival seasons, Christmas and Easter. Each year begins with Advent, the time of preparation when we look to the coming of Emmanuel, God with us. In doing so, we stand on a continuum of past, present, and future as we are reminded that we live in the gap between what God has accomplished, is accomplishing, and will accomplish. This four weeks leading up to the twelve days of Christmas provides us a space to consider the reality of our world in light of the meaning of what it meant, what it means, and what it will mean for Emmanuel to come into our lives and into the world. When we pause to reflect on this, we must acknowledge what is incongruent between our current reality and life as revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The sin of racism is one of the incongruencies.
The good news is Advent does not leave us in a place of despair and hopelessness. It is the time of preparation and of looking forward with hope. During Advent we are not only preparing for the birth of a baby, albeit a special baby. We are preparing for the celebration of Emmanuel. Advent is the time to prepare, to celebrate, to hope that God is with us – today, tomorrow and forevermore. It is the time to anticipate with hope and joy the coming of Jesus Christ who reconciles humanity and all of creation with the God. This reconciliation includes the dismantling and end of the sin of racism.
For the weekly Advent Liturgy, click link below:
Advent Wreath Lighting Liturgy 2017