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Advent 2021: Come to the Feast

Advent is the time when we as Christians prepare to greet Christ--who came as a babe


in a manger, who comes into our lives each day, and who will come again at the end of


time. Advent is the time when people of faith are most at odds with the culture. The


church calls people to focus on getting ready to receive Christ--preparing hearts and


lives to make room for Jesus, to live as he would have us live. It is a time of longing, not


fulfilment. Advent is a time for quiet reflection, not celebration. The culture, however, is


already in a time of festivity, unable or unwilling, to wait and contemplate and prepare


for the real festival. It is not easy to observe Advent without being pulled prematurely


into Christmas.


This Advent we have focused our Advent Booklet on Faith, Fellowship and Feast. A


period of time where we spend time in reflection and prayer, a time where we can


gather together as Christians, and this Advent a time where we share hospitality with our


friends and neighbours. Each week there is a reflection, a recipe and ideas how we can


share fellowship and hospitality, feasting with those you know.


As we think of our theme this year, St Nicholas came to mind, an Advent saint because


his feast day is on 6th December and so always falls in early Advent. However, St Nicholas


is a good Advent saint for more important reasons than the date of his special day.


Whatever he did, and it is said that he did many kinds of amazing things, may not be as


important as the way he did it. Nicholas became so popular because he was a faithful


follower of Jesus Christ. His life clearly reflected the way each one of us is called to show


God's love to others, especially those in need.


This Advent as we prepare for Christmas, let our goodness and kindness be shown in our


deeds, expressing our care for those known to us, to those we need to get to know, and


to those in need. As we engage in the reflections, get busy baking and cooking, may we


partake in a feast of love, hope, kindness and generosity.

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