The season of Advent marks the beginning of the church year. All is decked out in purple, and the Advent wreath reminds us of the progression of Sundays. The Sunday readings range from end-of-the-world hair raising declarations about the end of time to striking promises of newness - God's Shalom.
At the heart of Advent lies an invitation to slow down and to quiet ourselves before God. God-with-us is undertaking anew the mysterious work of making a home in us for himself. This is certainly counter-cultural to all of the holiday hub-bub ratcheting up around us.
You are invited to join SJS in keeping Advent by lighting an Advent wreath of your own, joining us in the Rite I (Traditional) services on Sundays at 10:00 am, and by thinking about ways your Christmas spending can help those who are hungry, poor, homeless, sick or in prison. May God bless you during this Advent time.