Our theme for the Advent season this year is From Generation to Generation, focusing on the words from Mary’s song of protest and praise from the first chapter of Luke when she sings –
“Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy
is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from
generation to generation.” (Luke 1: 48-50)
Despite the challenges and vulnerability she faced, Mary could glimpse the scale and scope of the good news she was part of bringing forth. This good news transcends all time and space—it was and is bigger than just her. Christ is coming for collective liberation: God’s redemption is at work for years to come.
Therefore, the promise is meant to be lived out and passed on from generation to generation.
The four Sundays of Advent will lead us through the familiar story looking at the people in each text to see what they passed on or contributed to us. We begin with Matthew’s genealogy and a consideration of all those who came before; the second Sunday takes us into Mary’s annunciation and her reactions; the third Sunday will be an examination of Joseph and his role in the overall narrative; and the fourth week will share the relationship between Elizabeth and Mary and how they witness to God’s work in each other.
From Generation to Generation reminds us all of the ways our lives, histories, actions and stories are interconnected and woven together. In this season of Advent, join us to practice belonging to each other in the midst of God’s work among us.
The holidays are actually holy days as well, and the Christian Education committee wants to support your experience of Advent with a free devotional booklet for you to use.
Attending to Advent: Poetry, Prose and Prayer is a beautiful daily devotional designed for you to dip in and out of as your time and attention allow. Read a poem, reflect on scripture, refresh your spirit with a prayer. And for families with young children, Light Shines in the Darkness is another daily devotional designed with kids in mind. This one is full of activities and short readings to share around the dinner table or at bedtime. Both booklets are available at the back of the sanctuary. Help yourself!
Advent begins Sunday, November 27
Our Advent Theme: From Generation to Generation
Confirmation Sunday is December 11
Blue Christmas is at 6pm on Thursday, December 15
Christmas Eve service is at 6pm on Saturday, December 24
Christmas Day service is at 10am on Sunday, December 25