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A Message from our Pastor . . . December 2022

I admit, I started listening to Christmas music in mid-November, not the typical songs heard on the radio, but a carefully curated playlist of all my personal favorites (I have shared a short list at the end). I am not trying to rush the season. Rather, it seems that as soon as the sunset moves an hour earlier, I crave things that brighten up my evenings and bring me joy. Christmas music does just that and decorations do too.

So, I also start decorating before Thanksgiving and do it slowly, enjoying each thing as I bring it out and put it up. Plus, as a minister, I find that if I do not start decorating early, it will not get done at all. We have had Christmases with very few decorations and no tree!

Rev Christine Wilke

Interim Pastor

Listening to my curated Christmas music and starting to decorate helps me prepare to celebrate Christ coming into the world, which is what Advent is all about. Advent means “coming” in Latin. In the church it is a liturgical season that prepares us to celebrate Jesus’ birth, find hope in Christ’s return (second coming), and reminds us that there is joy in waiting. Advent is about getting our homes and ourselves ready to welcome a special guest – Jesus!

In addition to Christmas music and decorations, I read an Advent devotional. My favorite is Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas, which is a compilation of material from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Henri Nouwen, Madeleine L’Engle, C. S. Lewis, Dorothy Day, and many more. Typically, I will light my at-home Advent candle(s) as part of this practice.

Sometimes I use an Advent calendar too, like the one I have included below. Their purpose is to help us take a few minutes each day to intentionally prepare ourselves for Christ coming into the world. I have also done a reverse Advent calendar like the one we are offering this year that helps others.

Whatever you do this Advent season, I hope you take time to prepare for Christ coming into the world and your life. Because Christ comes, Christ always comes, even when we do not listen to Christmas music or decorate, even when we do not prepare ourselves. Christ comes!

Blessed Advent!

Pastor Christine

Christmas music list:

Northumbrian Lullaby – Malcom Dalgish

For Unto Us a Child Is Born from Handel’s Messiah

Aspenglow – John Denver

The Gathering – Tracy Silverman & Thea Suits

Veni Veni – Manheim Steamroller

Christmas Is Coming – Vince Guaraldi Trio

The First Noel – Thom Rotella

Greensleeves – Steve Erquiaga

We Three Kings/Carol of the Bells – Kenny G

Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra

Let It Be Christmas – Alan Jackson

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings – Barenaked Ladies & Sarah McLachlan

King Glockchen – Manheim Steamroller

Suite from the Polar Express – Alan Silvestri

Grown-Up Christmas List – Michael Bublé

O Holy Night – Trans-Siberian Orchestra