Nov 25, 2022 | Clergy Corner


Christmas is coming.  It is not yet here.

I vowed long ago not to be a member of the Advent police.  You know, that church person who makes it known to everyone this time of year that it is not yet Christmas?  I won’t do that. Reflecting on my own experience, there has never been a period in my lifetime when the secular world didn’t start with Christmas immediately after (if not before) Thanksgiving. It is a part of who we are as Americans to be pummeled by radio jingles, excessive sweets, shopping, unrealistic expectations and a heavy dose of capitalism all before we loosen our belt after Thanksgiving Dinner.

That is why Advent is such a gift.

Advent invites us into a period of preparation, of contemplation, of waiting.  Advent invites us to acknowledge the darkness of our world and our lives so we can more deeply appreciate the light.

I hope you will consider coming to St. Paul’s on Sunday evening for Advent Lessons and Carols.  This is not the same as Christmas Lessons and Carols.  While the concept is similar, the themes, readings and music are focused on the season of Advent, not Christmas. We will begin in the darkness and move towards the light. We will hear the old salvation story that points to our hope found in Jesus.  We will sing together. Our choir will offer anthems.  It is a part of our “getting ready.”

Advent Lessons and Carols
A Candlelight service of Readings and Music
Sunday, Nov. 27 at 5:30

Advent Blessings,