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A Message For all churches

From Liz Adams What does Advent mean to you? Perhaps it’s a time of frenzied activity: presents to buy, wrap and give, cards to exchange, visits to make, school plays to watch, decorations to put up, food to prepare, and so on and so on and so on, all in preparation for the Big Day itself. Or perhaps it’s a time of preparation of a different sort. A time of reflection to prepare our hearts spiritually to celebrate the wonder of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God-with-Us, born in human form. For most of us, Advent is a bit of both – and there’s no judgment in that. Christmas is a wonderful time for togetherness and celebration with our nearest and dearest – something we especially need this year after the difficulties of the past 18 months. But at church, in the midst of the excitement and busyness, we also make time to prepare our hearts spiritually. Personally, I find myself pulled in all sorts of directions in Advent – all of them equally as special! There’s the excitement and the much-valued opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Then there’s the spiritual journey through Advent. But there’s also the amazing joy of all the services through December when we welcome many, many people into our church buildings to celebrate the Good News of Jesus Christ, many of whom we may not often see in church, but who nonetheless feel compelled to worship the infant Jesus.
© Long Buckby URC 2021

Long Buckby United Reformed Church

News 1

A Message For all churches

From Liz Adams What does Advent mean to you? Perhaps it’s a time of frenzied activity: presents to buy, wrap and give, cards to exchange, visits to make, school plays to watch, decorations to put up, food to prepare, and so on and so on and so on, all in preparation for the Big Day itself. Or perhaps it’s a time of preparation of a different sort. A time of reflection to prepare our hearts spiritually to celebrate the wonder of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel, God-with-Us, born in human form. For most of us, Advent is a bit of both – and there’s no judgment in that. Christmas is a wonderful time for togetherness and celebration with our nearest and dearest – something we especially need this year after the difficulties of the past 18 months. But at church, in the midst of the excitement and busyness, we also make time to prepare our hearts spiritually. Personally, I find myself pulled in all sorts of directions in Advent – all of them equally as special! There’s the excitement and the much-valued opportunities to spend time with family and friends. Then there’s the spiritual journey through Advent. But there’s also the amazing joy of all the services through December when we welcome many, many people into our church buildings to celebrate the Good News of Jesus Christ, many of whom we may not often see in church, but who nonetheless feel compelled to worship the infant Jesus.
© Long Buckby URC 2021

Long Buckby United Reformed Church