Advent – the beginning, the commencing, the start of something. Advent is the four-week pre-Christmas season when Christians anticipate and prepare for the coming of the Messiah. Advent for our secular society has become the three + months of anticipating profit numbers for holiday retail sales, two months of anticipating the details of a busy social season, and for many, several weeks of anticipating the dread of painful associations, memories, and encounters.
There are all sorts of reasons why so many feel pain, sorrow, anger and depression instead of joy and gladness at Christmastime. Family histories, loss of loved ones, deprivation, poverty of spirit, and a sense of failure to live up to the expectations of others are but a few reasons. Christ came into this world as one of us to teach us that his Father, our God, loves us - everyone of us – whatever our state of mind or station in society. During his life on earth, Jesus suffered from all the sorts of physical and emotional pain and more that any of us can know, and he is very much with and within us, knowingly, when we suffer.
On Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 PM, a service called “Comfort When Christmas Hurts” will be held in the Sanctuary at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church. This service is offered for the whole community and is a time of acknowledging the reality of the pain many of us live with, and offering comfort, healing and reconciliation. Lay pastoral caregivers and clergy will be available for anyone desiring individual prayers in addition to the liturgy. Please join us if Christmas joy eludes you, and please let others know about this opportunity to find a bit of the Peace that Christmas is intended to bring.
Wednesday, December 11 at 6:30 PM
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Sanctuary at 1819 Heights Boulevard