Updated: Dec 17, 2018
In the wider culture, the weeks following Thanksgiving are basically part of the runup to Christmas. We start hearing Christmas music on the radio and even in the church. Christmas Trees and lights start to go up in homes. The holiday shopping season begins the day after Thanksgiving with Black Friday. Many people, even in the church, will call this time the Christmas Season, but it isn't. It's Advent.
Advent is the four weeks before Christmas and the whole point of the season comes from the latin word, adventus, which means waiting. We wait for Christmas, but Advent isn't a "mini Christmas," like we are waiting for Santa Claus. Advent is a reminder that the church lives in the present time as we look forward to the future. In the present time, we see a world dominated by sin, where there is injustice. We look forward to the first and the second coming of Jesus, when God will come as judge to bring justice.
The 2018 Worship Theme is called "Make Me Wanna Holler." It's based on the song by the late R &B singer Marvin Gaye from his 1971 album What's Going On. Like most of the songs on that album, this song lifted up the social issues of the day:
Hang ups, let downs Bad breaks, set backs Natural fact is I can't pay my taxes Oh, make me wanna holler And throw up both my hands Yea, it makes me wanna holler And throw up both my hands Crime is increasing Trigger happy policing Panic is spreading God know where we're heading
So, I hope you will join us starting Sunday, December 2 as we take stock in the world around us and hope for salvation in the form of a tiny babe and conquering king.
Dennis Sanders, Pastor