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Happy New Year!! No, I didn’t tear too many pages off my calendar. Today is the first Sunday of Advent, and the beginning of a new church year.
Last Sunday we celebrated the end of the year with the observance of Christ the King. With the promise of a place in Paradise with Jesus ringing in our ears, we start the cycle of the church year anew preparing ourselves for the coming of Christ.
In Advent, we prepare ourselves for the coming of Christ in three ways, as a vulnerable baby born in a stable, as the Spirit of Christ present with us now and always, and as the triumphant King whose coming again we still anticipate.