“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1 ESV)
November 29, 2020: The first day of Advent is the first day of a new Liturgical (or church) calendar and begins a four week period of preparation in anticipation of the nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The Advent Season is all about reflecting on how we can prepare our hearts and homes for Christ’s birth in the world as it is today.
This year Advent Sundays are November 29, December 6, December 13 and December 20. Advent ends with the start of the Christmas Season which begin December 25.
(Meditation 1) Getting Started on Church Seasons
Prayer:1 Loving God, I am reminded that there is a time for everything in life. Help me to look at each day this church year as a new opportunity to be your servant. Allow me to see you in the lives of those who surround me. Open my eyes to look at them as you do, with love and compassion, so I can give myself in love to them.
Blessed Jesus, as this church year progresses, I want you to be my companion. Teach me to overcome my sinful thoughts, my pride, and my selfishness. Open my heart to your forgiveness and strength. Lift me when I fall. Carry me when I am weak.
Holy Spirit, guide me into the way that leads to life. Make me sensitive to your promptings—eager for the presence and power of sanctifying grace. Allow me to be your ambassador wherever I go this church year. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen
Posted 11/16/2020, Carolyn Adams Roth