For some it may be the time between Black Friday and the days after Christmas, when gifts are purchased and when unwanted gifts can be traded in for what was really desired.
But for Christians Advent touches a different sort of desire, the yearning deep within us for the world to change, for hope to live again, for the darkness of winter to glow with the gentle light of a newborn baby, a baby who grows up, indeed, to change the world we live in.
During Advent we prepare ourselves for the coming of that renewal of hope as the scriptures read during the worship service lead us first to set our eyes on the coming of the Christ who is still to come and then to hear the prophecies of the child born in Bethlehem, the Christ who lives among us still. The Advent scriptures lead us to Christmas, preparing us as we approach the gift of the Christ-child.
Follow the way to Bethlehem in discussion and sharing of experience and hope as we together listen to the Advent lessons during the Sunday School hour at Old First, each of the Sundays, Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18 at 10 a.m. in the Social Hall. The Rev. Bob Robinson, professor of Old Testament at Lutheran Theological Seminary, will lead the discussions of these sacred texts. (Michael will teach the class on Dec. 4 when Bob is away.)