Worship with Us This Sunday - 10:15 a.m.
Twenty years ago Dr. Davis assigned me a new task during our Sunday morning service. He handed me an article to read which translated, "Let’s do this." One could even take this further and interpret this as, "Todd, this is what I want you to use for the ‘Children’s Sermon’ time."
I read through the article which outlined a way to introduce the deep meanings of the Christmas Season with the children. I grew up in a Southern Baptist Church. We celebrated Christmas. Our Adult Choir annually performed a "Christmas Cantata." Our Children’s Choirs presented Christmas music followed by a fellowship with Santa. Yes, back in the day, that is back in my day, one of our members donned the red Santa suit and descended from the lofty stairs in the gym bearing stockings full of goodies for each child present. We celebrated Christmas.
Reading through the article Rick gave me meant thinking through a term not often used in our circles, Advent. We put together our first "Advent Wreath" and there in that little Southern Baptist Church we celebrated Advent for the first time. Over these past twenty years I have found celebrating the Season of Advent to be a great way to subvert my own understanding of time. Rather than look forward to New Year’s Day, I look forward to Advent. Rather than look to make resolutions, I look forward to recalling the promise of God to send the Messiah who would set things right that had been quite wrong in the world. Rather than celebrate the newness of a calendar, I look forward to continuing to remember the story of God that changes everything.
This year we will do our best here to offer a thought for the Season of Advent, each day of the Season, beginning Saturday, December 1. If you are inclined to purchase an inspirational devotional around the Season of Advent, I recommend Walter Wangerin’s, Preparing for Jesus.