Dear Friends in Christ,
It is difficult for me to believe that I am writing about Advent and Christmas already, but time seems to be moving at different rhythms in a world fraught with as much anxiety and change as we have experienced over the last two years. Our theme for this Advent season is “Close to Home.” When the worship planning team first encountered this theme, many of us struggled with whether it was appropriate to our lives today. After all, some of us have been home much more than we want, and this theme only reminds us of that. As we approach Christmas, and even Thanksgiving and our New Year celebrations, maybe this theme will make us more aware of what we’re missing.