Slow down! This might be the last thing on your mind during this season of Advent. Rather than encouraging ways to slow down, Advent (the 4 weeks preceding Christmas) seem purpose made for causing stress, creating busy calendars, and leaving little time for rest.
But if there is anything we should be encouraged to do during this season, it is to slow down. Be quiet.
In doing so, we join in with the “great cloud of witnesses” who have waited on God, and the sending of his Son, through the ages. Before the birth of Christ, the people of Israel longed for God to establish his plan of salvation, sending them the Messiah for whom they had long hoped. Waiting, watching, was filled with longing and angst for the difficult things of the world to be made right, that hope might be found in Immanuel. Today, we still wait with anticipation, but now for the second coming, the return of Christ as God has promised.
But how can we teach ourselves to wait well? How can we practice patience and intentional anticipation during this season? One first step might be to evaluate our days and our weeks. What things are we doing that are keeping us from finding time for the Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love this season is meant to help us see? Friends of Sandi and I who also have young kids made the agreement this year that husband/dad would take care of all the family gifts, so that wife/mom could focus time with the kids, paying attention to small joys of the season.
For you, maybe waiting well means avoiding social media, doing one Advent “thing” with the family every day, or making sure to take time to explore the story again as you mark the Advent calendar, or re-arrange the nativity set. Of course, our worship services can also be great times to watch and to wait. The hymns we sing and the readings we hear are there to remind us of this theme: watch, wait, and be quiet, the Christ is coming soon.
I pray you find time to wait this season. To slow down, to be quiet, and to watch. Hope is coming soon. Peace can be found. Joy has been revealed. Love has come down.
~Pastor Mike Middaugh
Thank you to everyone who stayed after the service on Sunday to help decorate the Sanctuary. The church looks great, and will be enjoyed by many through this Advent and Christmas season!
Advent midweek services begin today, December 6th. This year’s theme is “A Story in Song,” and we will take a close look at some of the most well-known Christmas hymns along with their history. Join us for these services in the Calvary Chapel at 7:30pm. A light meal will be served at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall.
Breakfast with Santa will take place this Saturday, December 9th from 8:30-11am at Calvary. All are invited to attend. The cost is $4 per person which buys a hot, hearty breakfast, fellowship time, an opportunity to help pack “Boxes of Love” going to those in need, and of course time with the big guy himself. Event Volunteers are also very needed to do an assortment of jobs from setup, to cleanup, and help during the event.
The Women of Calvary are preparing for their annual Christmas Potluck dinner. All women are invited to attend the dinner on December 12th, with appetizers and fellowship at 6:30pm and dinner at 7:00pm. The evening will include a program related to the advent season. There is no cost to attend, but new, unwrapped toys are being collected for donation to A Wider Circle.
Help a Calvary family with a Meal! Meals are being collected for the Kimimino family as they continue adapting to life with two children. If you are able to help out, follow this link to sign up https://mealtrain.com/