Memories and music rush to my mind this time of year. Even my earliest recollections of Christmas seem to be paired with a playlist: Drooling over the kitchen counter as my mother bakes her delicious fudge and Bing Crosby croons White Christmas in the background or shouting Feliz Navidad along with Jose Feliciano as my father and I string Christmas lights outside our home. The older I get the more heartwarming these kinds of moments are to me. For many of us no other season of the year is so richly adorned with vivid stories and songs from our past.
For plenty of us, however, the memories are more painful than precious. At best the songs we hear this time of year are poignant reminders of things we’d rather forget.
This year’s sermons at City Church give attention to stories and songs in the Bible. While other series focus either on stories or songs, our Advent series will explore both. Advent, by the way, means “coming” and refers to Jesus’ coming to earth. Many of the biblical stories of Advent also include songs. And while this story is a heartwarming one for sure, it’s also poignant. Though the angels rejoiced in song over Jesus’ birth, the path that babe would take to rescue us from our sin would be one of suffering and sorrow. It’s a story and song we all need to hear.
I pray that each of you has a very blessed Advent this year. Would you please take the time to invite others to our worship services at City Church this Advent? And use our Advent Prayer Guide developed by Linc Ashby to help make this a rich season of personal growth.