First Sunday of Advent, Nov 30

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It is Advent, the church’s birthday, for Advent marks the beginning of the church year. In the church’s three-year cycle of suggested daily and Sunday scripture readings, we begin a new round: we are in Year B.

Immediately our scriptures call us to wait, to watch, to pray, to pay attention, for a new thing is about to happen.

Isaiah pleads with God to “tear open the heavens and come down.” Paul reminds the Corinthians, and us, that we are awaiting the full revelation of Christ. Mark is adamant – Keep Awake!

In this week’s study, Jane Patterson reminds us that the four weeks of Advent give Christians a chance to prepare to welcome the fullness of the Incarnation at Christmas — not only the Incarnation of God in the infant Jesus in the first century, but perhaps even more significantly, the ongoing incarnation of God in the people and events of our own lives now.

To begin the Watch and Pray study, go to the 1st Week of Advent. You can also get there from the main menu on the right or by clicking the tab in the navigation bar at the top of the screen.

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