In fact, we all woke up with a new reality recently. And we will have to live with that reality, and we will be talking about how to do that for a while. Advent is usually the season where we say, “Wake up! God is coming!” This year, no matter where you are in the recent dislocations of our country, let’s try to remember that God is always with us. And let’s find where God is in our lives. This Advent and Christmas contain both dread and joy. These have always been true of the Advent/Christmas seasons, but this year many of us feel exhausted from our recent national turmoil.

Our theme for Advent this year has come from “O Come, O Come Emmanuel.” You remember Emmanuel means God With Us. Here is the theme: Wake Up, God is With Us!    – The Rev. Lawrence B. Weeks