by Jake Hall

published in Family Matters e-newsletter, 12/5/13

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The Advent season has arrived and we are counting the weeks on calendars and candles. We are making our lists and checking them twice to make sure we are ready to celebrate the joys of Christmas.
 
Seven years ago, several churches came together for a Christmas conspiracy, so to speak. Dismayed at the ways that Christmas can be more about consumption than compassion, they came together to encourage the celebration of the season in a way that reminds us that Jesus is the reason and the reasoning behind the season. Their attention to Advent has created a movement that reframes this most holy of holidays. They have embraced four themes that remind us to fully celebrate the Advent of Christ and not just "get through" the Christmas Season.
 
Worship More: worshiping Christ is the most important act of the Season
 
Give More: God gave His Son as a gift to the world. Try to give relational gifts.
 
Spend Less: Decrease the volume of purchasing and receiving gifts that are high in cost and low in meaning. Give meaningful gifts out of joy and not obligation.
 
Love All: At Christmas, Jesus enters the poverty of the world, so that we are no longer poor in sin but rich in grace. Consider how you might worship God by giving to the least of these.
 
Be sure to join with us as we celebrate the season as a church family. There are many opportunities for worship, service, and fellowship. Make time for your brothers and sisters in Christ this season. You won't want to miss our Live Nativity, Family Night Christmas Party, and Christmas Eve worship service. Be a part of our Christmas missions giving through our offering for global missions.
 
May we each experience the Advent of Christ in a new way.