A Pastoral Word
It is hard to believe that I am talking about Advent in the beginning of November but it will be here before we know. That time of year when life rushes by, when we run to the malls looking for that one last present, and when we become so exhausted that we don’t even want to be around people because we are on people overload! It is the most wonderful time of the year!
This year, I am inviting all of our members at Midway Christian Church to join in the conspiracy, The Advent Conspiracy. The Advent Conspiracy was started in 2006 by five pastors who decided to take back Christmas a revolutionary event by encouraging their faith communities to worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all.
The facts are staggering! “Americans spend an average of $450 billion a year every Christmas. And it cost $10 billion for clean water to be available for the whole world!”
What if this year, we pledged to be a part of the conspiracy and said no to consumerism and yes to relationships? What if this year, we reclaim the Advent season as a time to prepare for the coming king, to slow down and invite God into our lives? What if we turned off the “noise” of the season to tune into the small still voice of God?
This year for Advent, which begins on Sunday, November 29th, we will take a look at how we as people of faith can worship more fully, give more, love all, and spend less as we celebrate and anticipate the coming of the newborn king.