It is early December, so in the church calendar that means we are in the midst of ADVENT. I am totally challenged by the idea of Advent, because although I appreciate the beauty and the symbolism, I am not very patient about waiting.
Advent meant being in the Christmas Pageant when I was in the youth group at St. Matthew’s. This is quite an undertaking, and still is a big project. I spent many Sunday afternoons at church waiting to practice my one part. It was perhaps a good way to prepare for Christmas. We all fiddled around, and goofed off a bit during those cold afternoons while our parents or other leaders would run around like crazy to make sure the sound, lighting, and other elements worked. Somehow each year the pageant came together in the last minutes, and was successful.
I suppose this was a way to slow down and listen and even hear the word of God.
I still am challenged to sit still, listen and wait for the Christmas Day celebrations. I find the Lessons and Carols service to be very comforting and calming. I attended one of the Taizé services, and hope to fit that into my Advent calendar – they’re on Wednesdays at 5:30. A time to reflect, and sit in anticipation. This is a wonderful service in the middle of so much “stuff.”
Last year I attended our Christmas Pageant. As I looked around I saw at least 12 different friends from youth group of 35 years ago, all with their families sharing a holiday tradition.
The pageant will be at 4:30p on Christmas Eve, with Eucharist. Please join us to wait, watch and listen!