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An Advent Greeting

An Advent Greeting

Dear Friends and People of Holy Cross,

Greetings and Peace to you from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Advent is a Season about time. This season before Christmas is a time of preparation. We prepare ourselves, yes, to celebrate the Birth of our Lord and Savior on Christmas, but a closer look at the Bible readings for our Sunday Worship calls on us to prepare ourselves for the time when our Lord shall return in the Glory of the Father.

So how best can we prepare ourselves? I want to suggest to you that this year, we might prepare ourselves to hear again the message of the Angels to the Shepherds near Bethlehem by slowing down our lives and being more aware of this thing we have been given called time.

Time is a precious gift that God gives to us so that we may have time for family and friends; time for happiness and peace; time for love and joy; time for worship, thanksgiving, and praise of Him, the Giver of Time.
And all of us are really good spenders of time. But, I wonder, do we truly appreciate that time, in every moment, at every instant, as his precious gift to us? Do we realize that what he has given us is not our own, but his? Do we recognize that we live our lives in God’s time?

Too often, we spend our time wastefully by not seeing it and using it as we would a special gift from a dear friend or loved one.
Perhaps this Advent, the best way to prepare ourselves to hear again the timeless message of our Salvation, who was born so long ago in that lowly stable, is to live every moment in appreciation of that wonderful and precious gift God has given us.

This Advent Season, I invite you into a deeper relationship with our God and Savior through the spending time: In Scripture, in prayer, and in praise and thanksgiving. I invite you to spend some time each day pondering the many gifts and blessings which God sends your way at every moment of every day.

And my hope is that by spending Advent in this way, we will be transformed from “wasters of time” into “appreciators of time,” so that when we gather to worship on Christmas, we may enter into a deeper appreciation for what God has done to and for you and me: He has come into this world, he has broken through to us from his Eternal habitation, and promised to be with us always guiding and guarding, leading and protecting us, even to the end of time.

May you have a blessed Advent,
Father Thomas Pettigrew
Parish Priest & Rector

 

Schedule of Services

Advent II: Sunday, December 7, 2014 
8 a.m. Said Holy Eucharist
10 a.m. Sung Holy Eucharist

Advent III: Sunday, December 14
Parish Family Mass – 9 a.m. Holy Eucharist
(One Service only.  Free Cooked Breakfast to Follow in Parish Hall)

Advent IV: Sunday December 21, 2014
8 a.m. Said Holy Eucharist
10 a.m. Sung Holy Eucharist

Christmas Eve: Wednesday, December 24, 2014 –
4:30 p.m. Said Holy Eucharist with Carols and Children’s Sermon
10:30 p.m. Traditional Midnight Mass