This Sunday marks the beginning of the Christian year as we enter into the season of Advent. Advent is the liturgical season when we prepare for Christ’s coming in the birth of the baby Jesus. It is a time of waiting, watching, hoping, praying and staying attentive to the movement of God’s Spirit. We begin with Jesus’ genealogy from the Book of Matthew. At first glance, it appears to be a laundry list of names. But as we move closer, we discover that each name represents the story of a person…a story that is profoundly connected to the story of Christ’s coming into the world. Join us this Sunday as we ponder names and stories, theirs and ours, in preparation for God’s incarnate love as it comes to us once again this season.
Scripture passages: Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 1:1-17