We live by several calendars. There’s the regular calendar, based on our movement around the sun and the phases of the moon. There are a variety of sports calendars: whenever the hockey or football season starts. There’s the school calendar, running from September to June. There’s the holiday calendar: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, summer holidays. Our lives are shaped by these calendars; we make plans around them and in both large and small ways, they shape who we are.
There’s another calendar that we don’t often think about: the calendar of the church. The church has historically had its own rhythms based on God’s time: rhythms of rest and activity, of fasting and feasting, and always of reflection on the story of God’s work in the world and in our lives. It can be difficult to reconcile the church calendar with all the other calendars that draw our attention.
Advent is just around the corner. It’s the start of the new year for the church and a chance to start again, to reorient ourselves towards God’s time. But the Christmas rush is around the corner, too: school programs, parties, shopping, and all the other busy-ness of the season. Every year I intend to make Advent a quieter time of reflection, of slowing down, of focusing on what the season is really about, and every year I still get caught up in the seasonal rush. It’s probably the same for you.
Why not start this year’s Advent with your heart and mind focused on the coming of Jesus? Join us on Saturday, November 29, as we explore what it means to wait in expectation for Jesus, who will bring in God’s Kingdom, where God’s time will forever be our time as well. There will be eating, group activities, and reflection on Advent scripture readings.
We’re gathering on Saturday, November 29, from 11:30 to about 2:00 at Malmo. A catered lunch will be served. Come expecting fellowship, fun, and to have your heart focused on the coming of Jesus. If you’d like to join us, let us know on Sunday (so we know approximate numbers for the caterer).