The MSA November Seed Sampler: Advent: Preparing Our Hearts for the Future is published. There are lots of great resources as we think about this season and how we can reclaim a Christ centered life
Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year. For Protestant and Roman churches, Advent begins Sunday, November 28th. For the Orthodox Church, Advent begins on November 15th. This edition of the Seed Sampler, “Advent: Preparing Our Hearts for the Future”, we want to take a look at what it really means to live into the reality of God who comes into creation as one of us so that we might become co-creators of the Kingdom of God.
Preparing our hearts for the future is more than just living “good lives”, even “good Evangelical” lives, and waiting for Christ’s return. We are called to enter into the truth of God-incarnate by allowing Jesus’ life, death, resurrection, and second advent to become the transformative framework for our own lives as we move incarnationally into the purposes of God. Like the hectic days leading up to Christmas, we can become overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with all the brokenness and need in the world and our limited ability to speak and act into that need. But the reality of Christ incarnate makes possible the planting of little mustard seeds of hope, joy, celebration, healing, and reconciliation all over the world; seemingly insignificant acts emerging, growing, and becoming “far more than we can ever ask or imagine.”
Whether or not you’re familiar with the season of Advent, we invite you to slow down with us. Take more time to reflect on the meaning of God-incarnate, and find new ways to celebrate the tremendous gift of God and the new possibilities opened up for us, and our world, by the coming of Jesus.
Seed Sampler Coordinator
Seed Smile | A Mr. Bean Christmas
Liturgy | Christ is Coming, Let Us Draw Close – Christine Sine
Reflection | Preparing Our Hearts for the Future – Advent 2010 – Andy Wade
Seed Share | Dreaming of an Orange Christmas – Midtown Friends
Seed Share | Advent Conspiracy: One Church’s Story – Debbie Francis
Seed Share | Advent in the manner of Friends – Stan Thornburg
Seed Share | Celebrations & Parties – Kathy Escobar
Resources | Resources