First Sunday of Advent, Year B
Lectionary Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:3-9 (NRSV)
Most families have a mix of all of these types of people. It will make for a different Thanksgiving for sure. If you gather with extended family, it will only be the latter two categories getting together as those who are distancing the most will not be in attendance.
While this is sad for family traditions, I am thinking more along the lines of pausing rather than missing our traditions. In the church, this will be the First Sunday of Advent. This is always a time of excitement as we look toward Christmas. Of course, it also has a lot of traditions. We will continue to offer online worship even as we have paused worship in person.
This will allow us to consider what Christmas really means to us. How do we understand incarnation in isolation? I will be exploring the epistles from the lectionary during Advent as we adapt to a different environment for Christmas. For this week, I focus on Paul's statement that God continues to be faithful to us and calls us to fellowship within the Body of Christ. How do we make this work during a pandemic?
I hope you'll join us sometime online. Our worship will be released on Sunday morning but you are welcome to engage anytime!
Blessings to you and have a Happy Thanksgiving and a contemplative First Sunday of Advent!