One of the best things about following the church, or liturgical, year is getting more than one first day of the new year. The church year begins with the first Sunday of Advent, which as I type is today . . . Happy New Year!
Many people use the first day of the year to look toward the year and make resolutions and such things. There is nothing wrong with these practices but they aren’t a traditional part of the first Sunday of Avent. What is a traditional part of each of the four Sundays in Advent is a theme, if you will. The four Sundays are Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.
I think it was a brilliant idea to begin the new year with hope. The sermon title this week is “Who has enough hope?” We all have access to hope but do we know it and do we take advantage of this? The sermon suggests the best place to find hope when we don’t have enough, is in community.
Let me know what you think. Did I get it? Do you find any of your communities good places for hope?
Warm Advent blessings,