(photo by Mr. Mompriest, cresent moon at sunset)
I love when Advent comes and the church year begins anew. For practical reasons, as a preacher I appreciate that the lectionary returns to only four readings instead of the multiple choices we have during the Season after Pentecost. You can find the text this week here.
As a preacher I look forward to the Advent season and it's opportunity to tell the Christian story of mystery, hope, and anticipation as we await the coming of Christ anew. I relish the darkness, the soft light of candles, and invitation to prayer that seems to come naturally with short days and long nights.
I am reminded of this from Taize:
Within our darkest night,
you kindle the fire that
never dies away, never dies away
Our darkness is never darkness in your sight;
the deepest night is as clear as the daylight.
These songs from Taize immediately take me back to a cold winter night, a chilly candle lit church, icons, and an hour of song and silent prayer...a time out to appreciate Advent and leave behind the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas.
What are your thoughts for this Sunday? How will you begin to tell the Christian story anew? Will you lean into Jeremiah's promise from God? Or jump right into the parables in Luke and tell stories about figs and stars?