Advent is about waiting. To wait is to be limited and dependent—which we often try to avoid. And yet, every year the Christian calendar presents us with Advent and invites us into a space where we come to terms with what it means to wait.
Advent even has the audacity to connect itself with gift. Yes, it prepares for us for the gift we are to receive in Christ. But the Advent season itself is a gift, for in our learning to wait, we both discover who we are and who God is in the waiting. Advent teaches us to tell the truth about our humanity—fear, loneliness, despair, darkness—while also urging us to receive the truth of God in his: "The Word became flesh and made his home among us." Advent reveals to us the ways we are blind—to our distractions, our self-centeredness, our sin—while also declaring God's insistence on being seen.
Advent invites us into life with the God who has chosen to be with us in Jesus Christ.
During our Sunday services this Advent season we will explore the theme of 'waiting' through various meditations involving photography, film, song, and poetry. Please join us as we together anticipate the wonder and surprise and gift of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.