Advent 2017 Hopeful Living

advent hopeWhat are we hoping for…

Advent is a time of waiting, longing and hoping.  We wait with the most broken places of our world and hope for the day when all this brokenness will be overcome; when we will reach out to share life with the hurting, suffering, sick or infirmed.  We wait for the day when wars will end, and nations will join hands in unity.  We long for community and connection with others. We wait and watch with eager expectation.

Advent is God’s search for us and our search for God.  God meets us in our vulnerability and loneliness and enables us to offer hope to a world in need. Advent is a union with the sheltering God of the thousands of our world who are impoverished, lack protection and shelter or cannot find a place called home

The expectant hope …

We pray that we can receive what God had given each of us — the expectant hope of new birth, reconciliation, and the healing the Presence of God brings each of us. Then with open arms and hearts, we sing, “Yea, Lord we greet thee born this happy morning”.

We pray that as we move from Christmas into Epiphany and throughout the coming year we continue to consent to Jesus dwelling and increasing in our hearts.     

Christmas has increasingly become a holiday cut off from its purpose of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. It is important for us to recapture the season of Advent as a time for waiting and hoping. We hope this booklet may direct part of your family’s Advent and Christmas.

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Living hopefully this Advent and Christmas 

In Advent, we are invited to wait.  Wait in expectant hope for Christ to be born in each of us anew.

Something old … something new …

A long-held Advent tradition is the Advent Calendar.

Created to help us connect each day with coming nativity as we count toward the birth of Christ.
We are excited to offer a new kind of Advent and Christmas calendar – its virtual!!!

We will post each day of Advent and Christmas on Facebook: facebook.com/christchurchparishlakeo/

OR Instagram: christchurchlakeo

OR on Twitter:@CCPLakeOswego

and we want you to post too!

A spiritual practice to engage the days of hopeful waiting.  Share with us how you and your family are participating in our Advent of hopeful living.  [Not quite ready for all the tweeting and posting, of course you can follow the suggestions for each day live and in person.]