“Let every heart prepare him room!”
Soon we will be singing that great line from “Joy to the World” as part of our Christmas worship, but between here and Christmas we have the four Sundays the church marks as Advent. Advent is a season of anticipation where we make room in our hearts for Christ. The season of Advent can help us prepare our hearts for Christmas in two ways: by unpacking them and by expanding them to receive anew the astonishing and mysterious gift of God with Us, Emmanuel. We unpack our hearts in confession and in self-reflection. We prepare our hearts by remembering the longing of Israel for the coming Messiah and by reminding ourselves that our King is going to come again.
Advent is the beginning of the church calendar and a truly special season, but it can easily slip away from us as we attend holiday parties and shop for Christmas and get swept up in the wave of activity that always accompanies this time of year. Here are some of the ways we will be marking this special time together:
After the service this Sunday, we will have a fellowship dinner and an Advent wreath making party. An Advent wreath, used along with our Advent devotional, is a great way for you and your family to prepare room for Christ every day leading up to Christmas.
Also, as you begin your Christmas shopping, would you consider buying a pair or multiple pairs of children’s shoes? During the four Sundays of Advent, we, along with Central Lutheran, will be collecting shoes for orphans as part of the Buckner International shoe drive.
Click here to learn more about the great work Buckner International does and the amazing impact a pair of shoes can have on someone who needs them.