Sunday, December 22 was the Fourth Sunday in Advent, the last Sunday in this pre-Christmas season in which, as Bishop Hartley reminded us, we are to be sure we are ready for the coming of Christ in the Christmas season. The Advent season is a penitential or meditative season and altar and vestment colors are royal blue (except for Rose Sunday) and the candles are lit on the Advent wreath. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Gospel for the day, St. John 1: 19, in which John the Baptist announces the coming of Christ: “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord…” and on the Old Testament reading for the day from Jeremiah 33: “Behold, the days are coming says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.” He then promises to “cause a righteous branch to spring forth for David” and for Christians this righteous branch is Jesus, who will complete the covenant made between God and Israel. The theme of the Advent season is then the coming restoration of God’s Kingdom through Jesus Christ.
On Saturday afternoon I attended the Christmas party given at the True Brue coffee shop on the square and enjoyed their hot apple cider and excellent music provided by the Alla Brio string trio of two violins and a cello who played Christmas carols to the appreciation of the large group of people who were present and a very good Christmas time was had by all.
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