Advent 2023 Hope – Peace – Joy – Love
Advent marks the beginning of the church year for most churches in the Christian tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. This year, the fourth Sunday of Advent is also Christmas Eve.
Advent is a time to lean into the ways that our faith invites us to watch and wait, as we seek to discern the times, to trust that even when we have questions, God is with us; still then, God is working. Advent is a time when we wonder and wander and wait together, searching for clues of the work that God is doing in our midst.
In this season of short days and long nights, O God,
teach us the lessons of beginnings;
that waiting and wondering may be the starting place —
something right and just and different,
a new song, a deeper relationship, a fuller love.
God of all seasons grant us a sense of your timing this Advent. Amen.