Advent is a time of waiting – for the coming of the Christ child at Christmas, for the coming of Christ at the end of time, and for the coming of Christ into our hearts and lives each day we live on this earth.
Sometimes, while we wait, we find ourselves in darkness – the darkness of suffering, of loss, of confusion, anxiety, depression, worry – all those things that have the potential to rob us of peace and joy. And if we’re not in a time of darkness ourselves, chances are, we’re walking along someone else who is.
And yet – there is hope. God’s word is filled with promises and assurances that light will break through the darkness – that love will win the day. “By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us.” (Luke 1:78) “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” (John 1:5) “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12).
“From Darkness to Dawn” is the focus of our Advent daily devotional and Wednesday evening prayer services this year. Meditations on scripture and personal faith stories will help us focus on the light of Christ. Midweek services begin at 6:30 and will last from 30 to 40 minutes. We will again use the “Holden Evening Prayer” liturgy. Luther Memorial will again join us in worship, with Pastor Tony Metz presiding on Dec. 5 and me on Dec. 12 and 19. Here’s what to expect each week:
Dec. 5: Chaplain James Riley from Good Samaritan home will talk about the need to acknowledge the dark, from Psalm 109. Special Music is To Be Determined.
Dec. 12: Jim Dunn will talk share about an experience of darkness and light in his life. Special Music by Amy Stollberg and Cathy Flick.
Dec. 19: Brandon Ross will give testimony of the light of Christ in his life. Special Music by Roger Wegehenkel and John Moore.
These midweek Advent services are a wonderful way to quiet your mind from all the hustle and bustle of the holidays and turn your thoughts to the real “reason for the season.” Please plan to join us, and bring a friend!
Pick Up a Daily Devotional
Advent Daily Devotionals written by members of Luther Memorial and Christ Lutheran are available for pick-up at church. If you aren’t able to get here, contact the church office and we will see that you get one. We will have links to the devotional on our website and facebook as well. Thanks to the writers from CLC and LMC who shared their faith!