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Growing up, our church never celebrated Advent.  In fact, I don’t even think I remember learning about the season of Advent until I was in my mid-20s.  After the turkey dinner of US Thanksgiving, we were in full-on Christmas mode, complete with carols, Christmas trees, and parties galore. No space was created to wait, expect, prepare, or slow down during those 4 weeks prior to Christmas morn. It was all about the main event.

 I love the fullness of Advent.  And by missing Advent in my youth, I missed out on a meaningful spiritual season. But do we not do the same with Christmas?  Now that December 25th has come and gone, are we now rushing into the New Year season with thoughts of intentions and resolutions and new gym memberships and the latest diet plan and promises to keep?  Should we not linger a bit with Christmas?  After all, Christmas is not just a day, but a season. Christmas continues until Epiphany on January 6. And I don’t want to try to pack all the blessing and wonder of Christmas into just 1 day.

During this 12 day Christmas season, I yearn to relish and linger in its beauty.  I choose to offer thanks for its meaning.  And I open myself to be transformed by these Christmas truths:  that God has come to us as a human being.  That God identifies with us as human beings. That God has come to reconcile all people – everyone – to Godself.  And because of Christmas, Emmanuel – God with us – is continually calling and wooing us into God’s own heart.

 So may you enjoy this season of Christmas.  It’s not too late – we’re only 2 days in.

Curt Allison

Minister of Outreach Curt came to St. Andrew’s-Wesley in 2004. He directs the Gospel Choir, leads The Word is OUT!! LGBT spirituality discussion group, and co-leads the Young(er) Adults group. His passion for music and inclusive church communities has also led him to serve the greater community of the United Church of Canada through music leadership at the Naramata Centre’s summer programmes, EVOLVE, the Imagine LGBT weekend, and as music resource at various local United churches. As a follower of Jesus, Curt finds great satisfaction in helping others discover and live to their full potential in the body of Christ. His call is to journey together with others who are seeking to live in faithful discipleship to Jesus Christ with honesty, integrity and authenticity.

Comments (4)

  1. Happy Christmas, Thank you for reminding us that the Season is far from over.

  2. The dates for the sermon series are not on Sundays. Is this an error?

    1. Yes, sorry about that, it has been changed.
      thank you.

  3. Glad to hear that somebody outside of Latin America is aware that the Christmas season is not over until after the arrival of The Three Wise Kings from The East on Jan 6. In nearly all Latin countries that is common knowledge and celebrated accordingly with gifts on Jan 6. In my years in Mexico and travels to Spain I always looked forward with anticipation to the solemnity and celebrations of the Christmas Season with the closing out festivities and parades on the evening of Jan 5, and Jan 6 being the last day of Christmas.

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