In the gospel of John, the Evangelist begins by saying that Jesus’s divinity is one with the Father from before the beginning of the world. John’s next assertion is more astonishing still, that Jesus put aside his divinity to become a human. John puts it this way: “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory…” (John 1:14).
The mystery and wonder of how this happens unfolds for us over these next weeks in three distinct but intimately connected seasons of the church year:. Please allow me to highlight a few of the opportunities that we have to celebrate this holy season: in Advent, we hear God’s promise of salvation in the Messiah and we prepare our hearts and our lives for his appearance; during Christmas, we contemplate the wonder of God’s incarnation in the form of a human being; and during Epiphany, we celebrate the Gospel as a light to our lives and a gift for the whole world.
The lessons for the four weeks of Advent explore how the prophecies of the Old Testament find their fulfillment in the person of Jesus Christ; so the themes that run through our worship are those of promise, expectation, readiness, hope, and above all, joy. Another prominent image for this season is how light comes into the world at the darkest time of the year. The music during these four Sundays will touch on all of these themes and we will try strike a balance between quiet introspection and joyful expectancy.
Please be sure to check the Upcoming Events page for details about worship opportunities that we have to celebrate this holy and wonderful season together.