Advent, like Lent, is a time for personal and corporate reflection on how we live our faith. In the case of Advent we are in a season of waiting. Advent waiting is not however simply about the birth of Jesus. Our Advent season waiting is also thinking ahead to Christ’s future coming. So the season is sombre, in purple and with fasting and repentance—a reminder that as Jesus came to us once, so just as surely will come again. Advent begins this year on Sunday 29th November.
Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. The readings and liturgies not only direct us towards Christ’s birth, they also challenge the us to consider the expectation that Christ will come again, and we will be held accountable.
After all the uncertainty of 2020 Advent also invites us to consider the eternal promise of the coming incarnation. That in God, whatever the circumstance, we find comfort and joy!
During our Sunday worship this Advent we will be invited to explore who God is calling us to be as the people of Queen’s Park and the surrounding areas. This is a question addressed to us personally, as a congregation and as a community. In this time of watching and waiting, we are invited to make time to reflect and pray for the future of this church, and for health and well-being of all.
You can find out about things we are doing during Advent – Advent Activities Flyer 2020