Reflections from Seminary Students

A Monday Evening Advent Reading:What are We Waiting for?

December 12th, 2011 § 0 Comments

Much of advent is about waiting.  But what are we waiting for and what were people waiting for before the first Christmas?Are we only waiting for that day to finally come when we can unwrap the presents under the tree celebrate the birth of God in human flesh.  The day when God becomes with us. Emmanuel, God is with us. What does this mean that God is with us?  What are the implications of God living among us? How should Christmas change our lives?

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A Monday Evening Advent Reading: The Life-Light

November 28th, 2011 § 1 Comment

Advent is upon us!  Like Lent and Holy Week, advent is a special time in the church calendar where different themes, practices and scriptures are highlighted. We at the SPS blog want to feature the Advent season and emphasize what we find most meaningful in the weeks approaching and anticipating Christmas.

When I was a kid there were at least two days that I would attend church with my grandparents; both were in Advent.  My sister and I usually got to light a candle for one of the Sundays of Advent.  In the Presbyterian tradition Advent is celebrated by candle lighting: three purple candles signifying hope, peace and joy, one pink candle symbolic of love and in the center one white candle which is lit on Christmas eve to signify the coming of Christ.  Christmas eve was the other service that I always attended where everyone would get to hold a candle lit from the Christ candle.

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