What Happens Between Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the popular culture tells us to buy things. The Church, by contrast, tells us to look for God coming in human flesh to save us from sin, evil, and death. The name of the season in the popular culture is “Year-End Sale!” The Church’s name is Advent, which means something important is coming. The popular season is marked by anxiety: Have I bought enough gifts to make my family and friends happy? Will my packages be stolen from my front porch? The Church’s celebration is marked by quiet expectation and self-examination: Have I understood my need for God? Am I prepared to welcome Him into my life? The fruits of the popular “Christmas” season can be disappointment and debt. The fruits of the Advent season can be peace and joy (as the Christmas carols promise).
St. Barnabas invites you to join us for a Christian Advent so that, properly prepared, we can celebrate the Twelve Days of Christmas starting on Christmas Day. Our schedule for the first three Sundays of December remains as usual: a spoken liturgy at 8:00 a.m., and a liturgy with music at 10:30 a.m. The fourth Sunday of Lent is also Christmas Eve, so watch this space for more information about that. On December 24th at 10:30 a.m. we will observe a service of Lessons & Carols. This is beautiful service of Hymns and Scripture Lessons. Later on Christmas Eve we will have a family communion service at 5:00p.m. Much later, at 10:30pm we celebrate another communion service. On Christmas Day there will be a single service, a Christmas Day Mass at 10:00 am. Naturally, Visitors are always welcome!
Yesterday, Sunday November 26th was the Sunday before Advent. We are anticipating the Advent Season this week and our prayers are: Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the will of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may by thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen. (collect for The Sunday next before Advent 1928 Book of Common Prayer)