Enhancing our Advent Experience

“The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together.”  - Isaiah 40:5 

Part of our calling at Ascension is to honor the sacred seasons of the church year. Advent is a season of remembering, a time to reflect on what life was like before God became man in Jesus. Advent is a season for the present, that we may focus on our worship and the peace and love we know in God. Advent is a season of anticipation, we place our hope and expectation in the return of Christ. 

We have a long tradition of beginning the season with an intergenerational gathering. Our 'Advent Fest' includes some annual favorites, but also some new activities. It will include a display of 'Advent Word' that I'm particularly excited about. It is familiar to many on social media, but this year there will be a print representation created by many members and coordinated by Sarah Klitzke. 

In years past St. Nicholas has made an appearance in Children's Chapel. This year it will happen within our first Sunday intergenerational service. We invite all children to leave shoes in a designated area in the narthex on their way into worship. St. Nicholas will be present in the procession and join me during the sermon as we speak of Advent and more. The children can return to their shoes at the end of service and find a special treat.

Further, I would like to encourage you to arrive early each Sunday in Advent. We will offer a prayer as we light the Advent wreath shortly after 10am and there will be a special musical offering each Sunday. These can help us focus our hearts and minds as we gather for worship, as well as connect us in God's spirit. If you're unable to arrive early, please be mindful of others and the music being offered as you enter.

Last, I offer a few links to resources that may help us all live into the spirit of this season of Advent:
Advent Conspiracy: a plan to help us to worship fully, spend less, give more and love all, check it out here: https://adventconspiracy.org/
Scripture Union will be posting a special Advent Reading plan:  https://scriptureunion.org/
Forward Movement: a resource many of you use daily, offers some specific resources for the season as well: 
https://www.forwardmovement.org/

Blessings -
Fr. Paul