Advent - Joy
For hundreds of years the church has anticipated the coming of Jesus during the season of Advent. The third week of waiting for his arrival invites us to receive His JOY. Jesus arrived after a period of 400 years of silence, confusion, and longing for the Jewish people. Into this space the angels announced to the shepherds the good news of Jesus that would bring great joy to all people. During Advent we celebrate the joy that Jesus offers in coming close to all humanity and offering us a relationship with God and one another. We also anticipate joy on the day when Jesus will return again and his kingdom will bring in a time of unhindered relationship with God and others.