Unwrapping the Gifts of Advent – The Gift of Joy
December 16 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9am – Classical Worship
11am – Contemporary Worship
Joy in the Face of Apathy
For some of us, this is a terrific time of the year. The music is superb. The food is more scrumptious than ever. Advent is an extrovert’s paradise: a party nearly every night during December. It is the best of times for many, but for others it is the worst of times. The celebration gap between the happy and the sad tends to grow wider during Advent and Christmas than at any other time of the year. In the midst of affluence, what do you celebrate if you are poor? In this season of family reunions, how do you discover joy if you just finalized a divorce? How do you respond to the sparkling eyes of children when you carry the scars of an abusive childhood? How do you sing the joyous Christmas carols when you have just lost the person you love more than your own flesh? How do you express “good will on earth” when you have recently been fired by a boss whom you trusted as a friend? Each of today’s lessons announce the message of a coming joy that the world cannot give, nor take away. It is experienced even in the arena of human suffering.
Next week, December 23 – The Gift of Love