The season of Advent remains one of my favorites in the life of our church. There are any number of reasons for this—the beauty of decorations, the anticipation the season brings, the opportunity for reflection on what the birth of Christ means for me and for us, special worship services, candlelight communion on Christmas eve. I also marvel at this season of the year at just how many of us give extra time and share special gifts to make this season so special. Without those contributions, Advent would be much different.
It really does take a lot of people a lot of time to give Advent that special touch. Just consider these—Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes put together by Sunday School classes and individuals and then gathered and delivered; hosting of Sunday School class parties; preparing communion for Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve; serving, hosting, preparing the Deacons Christmas Care Dinner; decorating the sanctuary; writing and assembling Advent devotional books; the children’s Christmas program; special music throughout the season; Salvation Army bell ringing and angel tree angels. I’m sure I haven’t mentioned them all. And that list doesn’t include our other regular ministries and activities that continue to happen throughout Advent.
So to each of you (which is really all of us) who do a little more this time of the year, thank you! Advent at Lexington Avenue Baptist Church is truly special. I hope you take the time to enjoy this special season.
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