Yesterday was the first Sunday in Advent which, depending on your tradition, may or may not be a big deal. How do you commemorate Advent? Many churches have special liturgy (prayers and Scripture readings) this time of year. New Community will be updating our Advent page each Sunday with prayers and readings.
In recent years I’ve been increasingly disturbed at how busy and stressed I can be during December. As a pastor there is a certain level of unavoidable busyness during Advent, but plenty of my stress is self-induced. Prioritizing space and boundaries to reflect on Christ’s coming has become very important to me. Otherwise I blink and realize that Christmas has come and gone. Not good.
This year I’ve been using The Divine Hours for devotional reading along with New Com’s readings and prayers. It’s also helped tremendously that much of my extended family has agreed to make charitable donations in lieu of giving gifts. (It may sound very noble, but I take the most pleasure out of avoiding the mall.)
How about you? Let us know your habits and traditions with this poll and/or a comment.