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Advent begins a little later than usual this year.  It always starts four Sundays prior to Christmas day.  This year, Christmas day falls on a Monday, which means that Christmas Eve is also the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  In the morning, we will have one worship service where we talk about waiting and anticipation of what is to come. Then we return that afternoon and evening to hear that the waiting is over and God has come into our world in the birth of the Christ child.  It's a bit of a stretch, especially for the musicians, but it creates a dramatic and pleasing finale to the season.

The word Advent is derived from the Latin word adventus, which means "coming."  Advent scripture lessons are about God's coming Messiah and the change God will ultimately bring to creation.  The season proclaims the coming of Christ, not just once long ago, but repeatedly throughout history to present moment.  We remember his birth in Bethlehem, of course, but we also celebrate his coming in Word and Spirit, and who will return in final victory at the end of the age.

Let this be a time in which we make ourselves ready for God who continues to step into our ordinary lives to do something extraordinary.

See you in church,

Pastor Steve 

 

Pastor's Ponderings

Life and Faith Groups
Would you like the chance to get to know new people at Calvary Church?
Would you enjoy the chance to share something you enjoy with others?


What's a Life and Faith Group?  It's a small group that forms around a common topic or interest and plans to meet four times.  Each group will focus on a shared interest and will be led by someone with a passion for the subject.  The meetings will take place weekly or monthly depending on the group.Sign up during coffee hour on Sunday or online here. There will also be a time to learn more in the Parish Hall on Wednesday, November 15 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  More details on each group will follow based on how many are interested.

Small Groups Include:
Bible and a Begel     Dinner for 8, Frederick Foodie Edition
Take A Hike              Dinner for 8, Home Cooked Edition
Book Study Group    Writer's Circle

Have an idea for a group not listed above?  Let Rev. Steve Larsen, Rev. Shannon Sullivan, or Christy Mossburg know.


See you in church,

Pastor Steve

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