While some are immersed in the annual Santa Festival (more lights! more food! more retail purchases!), St. Barnabas is celebrating the season of Advent. Advent (from the Latin for “coming” or “arrival”) is a season of expectation, looking to the ancient prophecies that God would visit and save his people. The prophecies addressed a situation with which we all can relate: the world was made by a holy God, but everyone has failed in many ways to be holy. How can we be reconciled to God? We can’t do it alone, God himself must act. So in this season of Advent we reflect on our need for salvation. This readies us to respond with joy and wonder when we hear what God has done in Jesus. We invite you to join us. We have services on Sundays at 8:00 and 10:30.
Don’t worry, Christmas is coming. Like the early Church, we at St. Barnabas begin our celebration of Jesus’ birth on December 24, the eve of the festival of Christmas. On December 24, we will have services at 5:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.. You are very welcome to join us. There will be lights and flowers and music. And the Christmas festival continues for twelve days from December 25 through January 5 (you have heard of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”?). That’s a great time to show your Christmas lights and to sing Christmas songs.