Advent is the beginning of our church year, and I think there is always a sense of excitement about new beginnings. We begin our church year with an entire season of anticipation and preparation for the coming of Christ. The secular world, largely profit driven, has been celebrating Christmas since Halloween it seems. By the time Christmas actually arrives, many people are tired of it. The joy of being in a liturgical church is, to me, having four weeks of anticipation, four weeks of singing Advent hymns (NOT Christmas hymns), four weeks of getting prepared for the birth of the Christ child. We sing “ O come, oh come, Emmanuel”, “Come Thou long expected Jesus”, “Lo! He comes, with clouds descending”, and many other favorites. We sing no Christmas music until December 24, Christmas Eve. We savor Christmas when it finally comes. Aren’t we lucky!
Lynn Gardner, Organist/Choirmaster