Advent isn’t about the coming of Christ at Christmas. Advent heralds the end of the world, the end of things as we know them.
The older I get, the more I believe we should remember this. The ancient Christians used to pray at their Eucharist, “Let Christ come, and let this world pass away.” Pass away, all tyrants and exploiters of the poor; pass away, all lies and distortions; pass away, all sickness and death and evil. Let Christ come, and let this world pass away.
Advent is our plea for the world to pass away, and our proclamation of freedom from all that is passing and will pass. It is our time to feel the shift, the nausea of uncertainty, and to find a place on the solid ground of truth, Jesus Christ our Lord.
If you feel like you need some solid ground, or if you would like to better prepare your heart for the advent of Christ, I hope you will come to worship. Then, I hope you will feel free to walk on the solid ground of faith in Christ Jesus, and act as if this world, with all its bitterness, is passing away, so that it can be renewed through Christ.
Here is the worship schedule for Advent:
Wednesday nights at 7:30: Prayer for Peace
Thursday nights at 7:00: Advent Vespers (Folk setting by James Noyes)
Sunday mornings at 11: Haugen Liturgy
And don’t forget to come and help for our Christmas tree sale and fair, December 3rd!