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The Start of the Christmas Season – Ready or not, Here it Comes

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By: Dan Seale

It finally feels a little bit like Christmas to me after participating in one of my favorite holiday traditions, attending the Behold the Lamb of God Concert with Andrew Peterson and friends. Andrew Peterson wrote a beautiful album that tells the story of the coming of Jesus beginning in the Old Testament and working up through the New Testament. At the start of the concert, he read a reflection entitled “A Liturgy to Mark the Start of the Christmas Season” by Douglas Mckelvey.

I appreciated the thoughtfulness of the reflection and invite you to sit down, take a deep breath and read and reflect. Fight letting the busyness overtake you in the weeks to come. Next week, we will talk about the Dark Side of Advent.

“A Liturgy to Mark the Start of the Christmas Season”
From: Every Moment Holy
COPYRIGHT © 2017 | DOUGLAS MCKELVEY

Leader: As we prepare our house for
the coming Christmas season, we would
also prepare our hearts for the returning Christ.

People: You came once for your people,
O Lord, and you will come for us again.

Though there was no room at the inn
to receive you upon your first arrival,
We would prepare you room
here in our hearts
and here in our home,
Lord Christ.

As we decorate and celebrate, we do so
to mark the memory of your redemptive
movement into our broken world, O God.

Our glittering ornaments and
Christmas trees,
Our festive carols, our sumptuous feasts -
By these small tokens we affirm
That something amazing has happened
in time and space
-
that God, on a particular night,
in a particular place, so many years ago,
was born to us, an infant King,
our Prince of Peace.

Our wreaths and ribbons and colored
lights, our giving of gifts, our parties with
friends - these have never been ends in
themselves.
They are but small ways in which
we repeat that sounding joy first
proclaimed by angels int he skies near
Bethlehem.

In view of such great tidings of love
announced to us, and to all people,
how can we not be moved to praise and
celebration in this Christmas season?
As we decorate our tree, and as we
feast and laugh and sing together,
we are rehearsing our coming joy!
We are making ready to receive the one
who has already,with open arms,
received us!
We would prepare you room
here in our hearts
and here in our home,
Lord Christ.

Now we celebrate your first coming,
Immanuel, even as we long for your
return.
O Prince of Peace, our elder brother,
return soon. We miss you so!

Amen.