Advent is like that – a time of waiting and preparation for what is to come even as it is already here - and just as Mary was waiting and preparing for the day that Jesus would arrive, so do we wait during Advent for his coming. The late Trappist Monk & writer Thomas Merton wrote, “…everything that the Church gives you to sing, every prayer that you say in and with Christ in His Mystical Body is a cry of ardent desire for grace, for help, for the coming of the Messiah, the Redeemer” (Thomas Merton, Seven Storey Mountain).
Advent, the beginning of the new liturgical year, is a time of prayer and of renewed desire and hope and of expectant waiting, filled with the church’s longing cry, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”. Mary responded to what God was doing in her life with a song – the Magnificat - and so this year during Advent, I invite you to pray Mary’s prayer at noon each day. For a moment stop what you are doing, join your voice with that of the rest of the congregation, and take a moment to listen to the new thing God is doing in your life and in the life of the church. What is your hope?
I look forward to seeing you at our worship Advent & Christmas Services (see page 4). Have a blessed Advent and Christmas and may the Prince of Peace fill you with his love now and always.
Yours in Christ, Pastor Suzanne