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light. Beginnings, ends.
settles its mysteriousness upon us. And during this short but powerful
season all of us in the church turn our back, as it were, on the too-early
Christmas carols, the oh-not-yet Christmas trees, the anachronistic decor
and accoutrements that we know it's not yet time for.
Not yet time,
not yet, hold off, wait. Don't fidget: Seek ye, look from afar...
we are called to prepare ourselves, as we realize that we are one year
further away from our baptism and one year closer to judgment. Since
the Final Judgment will reveal Christ's complete victory over the powers
of sin and death, we must prepare ourselves so that we may share that
victory with Him. Christ is to be welcomed as our Savior and King at
Christmas, but also with the awareness that He is also our Judge. Advent
is also a season that teaches us the value of waiting and patience.
We are not called to passive waiting, but to using our time to prepare
and anticipate. (From
an Episcopal Church in Virginia USA)
To help you
prepare, we've collected the best links of which we're aware on our Advent
Resources page. Please add to it by letting us know of links we may
have overlooked. You can use this page
to do so.
In the News
Centre this week there is some politics in Britain, more on Rosemont,
sectarian violence in Kenya, and an urban legend in the making. There
is sadness and silliness in the news, the darkness and light combining
there as well.
In our listings
this week: an Anglican residential college in Australia, two parishes
in England, the Diocese of Sheffield, a new online news source, more than
a dozen new parishes in the USA, and a Theological Seminary in Ghana.
As always, you can browse everything in our New
This Week section.
A blessed Advent season to all. See you next week.
3 December 2000