Advent is upon us

In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. - Isaiah 40:3

This Sunday, December 3, marks the beginning of Advent and with it a new church year. Advent is a season of preparation and expectation as we anticipate the arrival of our Messiah. Our worship reflects these priorities and we hope to infuse the whole season with these qualities. We hope that our worshipformation and outreach will all work hand-in-hand to enrich this season.

This Sunday we begin with "AdventFest" at 9am. This intergenerational formation time will help us dedicate ourselves to this season of preparation. There are also several options for all ages, including some fantastic coloring sheets. Come early and allow yourself some time to move from station to station. There are also devotionals available for your use throughout the season.

I want to encourage you to be deliberate to arrive a little early throughout Advent not only to participate in formation, but also to be seated in the Nave by 10am to prepare for worship. While the procession won't begin until 10:15, those seated early will observe an extra prayer as we light the Advent wreath each week at 10:05. We hope to observe sacred silence as we listen to the vocal arrangement with each prelude leading us into worship.

The Live Nativity (December 17) is coming up quickly, too. Our set up will be a little different than in years past and we hope it will make it easier to be a part of it, and easier to share with others. Sign up here or on the sign up sheet in the Narthex to participate. There are roles and jobs for everyone!

Throughout Advent we will be collecting diapers to support our ministry partner Pamper Lake Highlands. Please bring diapers to the display in the narthex as you're able.

Blessings -
Fr. Paul