How Does a Weary World Rejoice?
This week we begin the season of Advent. It is a time of waiting for the coming of the Christ Child. And as we wait, we prepare. Our theme for this time is “How Does a Weary World Rejoice?” How do we find joy in a world that is tired, worried, and anxious? How do we find joy when we ourselves feel this way in the busyness of this season? We worship, we pray, we enjoy each other’s company, and we find ways to be joyful through acts of kindness. To help us along the way we have Advent Calendars for everyone in the church. There are two versions, one for children, and one for youth and adults. We will send out a digital copy later this week and we will have some printed copies for those who do not have a printer at home. When most of us think of Advent Calendars we think of opening a new window each day to find a little bit of joy; a piece of candy. This Advent Calendar is different. Instead of finding something for ourselves, we find a new task to complete each day; another way for us to share joy in a world that is longing for good news. I hope that you will find this as a fun and fulfilling way to prepare for the Christ child. Feel free to complete each act of kindness as an individual or as a family and let’s let our gifts shine brightly as we spread joy.
Another way we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child is through the beautiful tradition you have here at WPC. Each child of the church is given an ornament with their name on it. On Angel Tree Sunday, you gather for breakfast in Grace Hall and then the children and youth take turns putting their ornaments on the tree. I love this tradition because you are saying that each child is special; each is a child of God. We will continue this tradition on December 3rd. Please join us in Grace Hall at 10:00 a.m., for this special way of sharing joy and acknowledging that God claims us all.