I was recently invited to a gathering of Foundry, one of our young adult groups led by Kollin Absher-Baer and Kelley Davis. I joined their discussion of Advent and thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with this group of young people. Some of this group did not grow up in the United Methodist tradition and had not celebrated Advent before. So in preparation for our discussion I considered again my understanding of the Advent Season.
Advent is a season of expecting, preparing and celebrating Jesus’ first coming into the world and anticipating Christ’s Kingdom yet to come. We celebrate Advent by lighting the Advent wreath that reminds us to show the love and light of Christ to the world. We reflect on the themes of hope, peace, joy and love and who we are called to be as Christ-followers.
First Cary has incorporated the Moravian Love Feast into our celebration of Advent. Our Love Feast is a time of praising God for who God is, and for sharing stories of God’s love. It’s a time of prayer, lighting candles, reading scripture, and singing carols.
You are invited to the Moravian Love Feast this coming Sunday evening at 7:00pm in the sanctuary. Come to consider the hope, peace, joy and love of God and to hear how God is moving in the lives of our community of faith. Come for a time of Advent reflection and worship as we await Christ’s coming.
Grace and Peace,