Pastor Points: Advent — A Time for Service
If Christ were to appear in our doorway during Advent, would we run toward Him? How
will we, as members of the First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, prepare the way of the
The first Sunday of the new church year is November 29, 2015. We celebrate Advent as a
season of expectant longing for the birth of Jesus Christ. In worship, we will observe the four
Sundays of Advent. Our Advent candles will be in place in the sanctuary, beginning November
29, and the colored lights and Christmas tree will appear (courtesy of the Deacons) on
Advent is the season to watch and wait—expectantly and joyfully. We renovate our souls
so we can make room for His coming. Finally, December 25 breaks, shattering the darkness.
Advent is meant to be challenging and adventurous. So, recover that old couch, try some new
recipes for winter comfort food for your family, and set the table for a banquet.
Traditionally, Christmas carols aren’t sung in Christian churches until Christmas Eve—to
build anticipation for the Big Day. Christianity is countercultural! We don’t follow the mall in
our musical choices. However, many of our members leave the Lehigh Valley during the week
of Christmas and will miss singing the hymns of the season with us on December 24. That’s why
we introduce favorite carols, one or two each Sunday, in our church as Advent progresses. But,
as for “Silent Night,” we save it for the conclusion of our Christmas Eve worship. Christmas Eve
is a time of true magic.
The Deacons will sponsor opportunities to purchase gifts for needy children in Allentown,
through the Caring Place. Coats, socks and other clothing are being collected in the Sunday
School wing for the users of the Whitehall Food Bank. We thank all our generous donors.
We will be polling the congregation, in order to try a new worship schedule for Christmas
Eve. Watch your mailbox for our postcard, announcing the Session’s decisions, including the
time of the Christmas Eve service and the date of the Sunday School Christmas play.
Won’t you join us to celebrate? Christ is coming!
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