Advent

December 01, 2013

The season of Advent started today! Advent is a season devoted to waiting, yearning, and hoping for the coming of our Savior as we celebrate and reflect on his first coming. Yet, it seems Advent is too often reduced to merely lighting a few candles in church services. So, a couple of years ago I reflected on a few efforts that take Advent to the streets in hopes the spirit of Christmas will trump the focus on shopping. I still find those examples quite powerful, so here are the posts:
     Alternative Advent 1: Advent Chapel in Montreal
     Alternative Advent 2: Peace Sunday Service in Louisville
     Alternative Advent 3: Occupy Advent in Texas
     Alternative Advent 4: Neighborhood Window Advent Calendar in England
     Alternative Advent 5: Christmas Carol Conspiracy in Philadelphia
I referred to the first one in my sermon last Sunday as it makes a nice contrast to the craziness (and, sadly, violence) of Black Friday.

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