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the secular holiday music or those songs that evoke“baby Jesus meek and mild” that you hear in some places, and the more somber music and reections thataccompany our worship in this time of year.The reective spirit of Advent should not be confusedwith the penitential character of Lent, despite the factthat they share seasonal hangings in many congrega-tions. While Advent does have some penitential ori-gins (see the note on the origin of Advent in this issue)the overall character of the season is one of prepara-tion: a time to prepare joyfully for Christ’s return andhis reign. Penitence has a role in Advent to the degreethat it brings us to repentance and helps us to prepareto meet our Lord.In taking the time to reect on our lives in the lightof God’s Word, we can recognize the degree to whichour lives are out of conformity with God’s will for us.In recognizing this, we are confronted with the real-ity that only God’s action can bring us lasting change.As the Collect for the First Sunday of Advent puts it,God enables us “to cast away the works of darkness,and put on the armor of light” (The Book of CommonPrayer, page 211).Advent is dened by contrasts: light and dark; joy andsorrow; beginning and end; and, the contrast betweenchronological time and God’s time. Our time is mea-sured in hours and minutes, while the eternity of Godis measured in terms of fullness and being at hand.Part of Advent is learning to see history in God’s time;this is why we can celebrate the incarnation and rstadvent of God while awaiting and preparing for thesecond advent.
Because of the particular focus Advent brings to our worship you will notice several changes to our liturgyduring this season. For example, even though the useof “Alleluia” continues during the season, the Gloriais suppressed and we will be using the ancient prayer known as the
or “Thrice Holy” in it’s place.The Trisagion is used most often in the liturgy of our Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters and the musicalsetting we will be using at the 10:30 service (s 102)was written by Russian composer Alexander Archan-gelsky. In addition, we will transition into the longer Eucharistic prayers for the respective Rites, Prayer I for Rite I (BCP 333) and Prayer A for Rite II (BCP 361).Rather than being distracting, it is our prayer that theseseasonal changes will enable us to better appreciate thereections to which Advent calls us.
Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a child or children at the school of our sister church, Jesús el Se-ñor. All of the children have been sponsored. It meansso much to the children and to their parents to havea connection with someone in Tennessee. Our caringhelps bridge a gap and lets them know that they have brothers and sisters in the United States who care for them and pray for them.
During the month of November, we will be collectingChristmas cards for the children at the school Jesús elSeñor, which is run by our sister church in Ecuador.Each sponsor is asked to provide a Christmas card for each child he or she has sponsored and write a shortgreeting in the card. It may include information aboutyourself, your family, profession, interests, hobbies,etc. You may even include a picture of you and your family. This allows you to make a connection withyour sponsored child. Please leave the envelop un-sealed so that the note can be translated into Spanish.All cards should be turned into the church ofce or toSarena Pettit by the last Sunday in November, makingit possible to send them in time for a Christmas arrival.May God continue to bless us through our companionrelationship,Sarena Pettit