It's Advent! Despite the cultural hype around this season, liturigically it's one of my very favorite times of the year. We set aside four weeks to intentionally name ourselves as a waiting people.
As I was leading music this Sunday in worship with my own congregation, I was reminded of the power of singing and saying together words like "Come Lord Jesus, come." We re-enact the story of waiting for the messiah, while also living into a posture of waiting for Christ to come again and make all things new.
One of the things we're pondering in our church is how to engage children more fully in our Advent worship. One way we're doing this is by connecting what happens in children's worship with what happens in all-church worship at the end of the service each week. Children join us for the beginning and end of the service as a regular practice, but we've added a ritual that we think will help them better connect the dots. Our kids use the "Godly Play" format, and at the end of each session they "change the light," blowing out a candle that they lit at the beginning. So in our gathered worship this season we're using that language of "changing the light" when we extinguish the flames of the Advent wreath on the altar table. It's a small change, but one that might give them another touchpoint with the larger community.
At FYI we're all about crowd-sourcing ideas and stories; that's one of the goals of this Sticky Faith blog in fact. So with that in mind...
What are your best Sticky Faith ideas for Advent? What are you chewing on, experimenting with, or doing again this year in your context that connects with some of the major themes of Sticky Faith? We'd love to hear and share them!