Dear members and friends of Sicamous United Church,
As the snow gently falls outside my office window, and the hum of the traffic speaks of people on the move… I begin to imagine the movement toward Christmas. Already this morning, I delighted in the purchase of several picture frames which will hold and display treasured moments, and treasured faces – gifts for this coming Christmas.
As well as all the usual preparations, such as gift buying, baking, decorating, and making holiday plans, the church has an intentional four week focus called Advent. A new candle is lit each Sunday, building the light toward Christmas Eve. The term Advent comes via Old English from the Latin adventus (arrival). It is a combination of ad (to) and venire (come). In Advent, we are anticipating the arrival of the baby Jesus, as well as the fullness of God’s reign.
Traditionally, the four Sundays of Advent follow the themes, of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love, although… I like to mix it up a bit. I’ve celebrated Elders, Adults, Youth and Children; the peoples from the four directions and four colours of the medicine wheel; the Candles of Creation, John the Baptist, Joseph and Mary. You get the picture! We’re back with the traditional four this year – almost. My former colleague, Jim Hannah recently wrote an Advent liturgy based on Hope, Peace, Justice, and Love, and, for Christmas Eve – Light.
Each week, Jim begins with a quote from a famous person.
Advent 1- the Candle of Hope: “Hope is the dream of a soul awake.” Aristotle
Advent 2 – the Candle of Peace: “When the power of Love overcomes the love of Power, the world will know peace.” Jimi Hendrix
Advent 3 – the Candle of Justice: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jr.
Advent 4 – the Candle of Love: “Where there is Love, there is life.” Mahatma Gandhi
Christmas Eve – the Candle of Light: “Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.” Helen Keller
You of course are welcome to celebrate the Advent and Christmas season in community each Sunday morning at 10:00 AM at Sicamous United Church, but however you celebrate it may you be touched by the One who is Mercy and Love.
Blessings, Rev. Juanita
Sicamous United Church