Getting Ready for Christmas Drive-Thru
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Advent: The Journey to the Manger Begins...
Advent (which means "arrival") is a season of expectant waiting and preparation. During the four weeks of Advent leading up to Christmas, we remember the generations of Israelites who waited for the arrival of their Messiah. As followers of Jesus Christ, we now wait and prepare for the fulfillment of God's Kingdom - "on earth, as it is in heaven."
But we do not wait idly.
This Advent and Christmas season will be unlike any other in our lifetimes. It will be different, and it will be difficult, as we wait for the pandemic to end and to be able to gather openly together again. But even now, we do not wait idly. During this season, we prepare ourselves through prayer, fellowship, study, and worship to be the active hands and feet of Christ in a world waiting for healing, for compassion, for peace.
To help us actively prepare for Christmas during the season of Advent, the staff of Grace UMC has prepared a drive-thru event. All are invited to come by the church on Sunday, November 22, anytime between 11:30 and 1:30, to pick up an Advent Wreath-Making Kit.
The kit will include: all of the materials you need to make a beautiful Advent wreath for your home, a liturgy for you to use when lighting your candles alongside our digital worship services, a Reverse Advent Calendar to benefit Aurora Interfaith Food Pantry, and information about this year's churchwide book study: "Incarnation" by Adam Hamilton. We encourage adults to join a small group, but we will also provide information on how you can access the study material on your own.
For those with children or youth, we will provide age-appropriate packets with "Incarnation" activities and study materials that will be incorporated into our weekly Children's and Youth Programming.
Advent is a season of waiting and preparation, but it's also a season of giving thanks for what God has already done through Jesus Christ. As a way of expressing our gratitude to God and loving our neighbor, we will also be collecting your loose change (and bills) for this year's Noisy Offering, which will benefit Feed My Starving Children. You can also donate online by clicking here.
Yes, this Advent and Christmas season will be different. But through the Holy Spirit, we can be the church even when we are apart. Together we can actively wait and prepare for God's arrival in Jesus Christ and the fulfillment of that heavenly kingdom. Let us together "prepare the way of the Lord!" (Isaiah 40:3).