Well the beginnings of a plan anyway. Every year I look at Advent and wonder what to do. How best to prepare for the in-breaking of God into the world? This is where I am at thus far
- Advent 1 (Nov 27): Darkness and Light
- Advent 2 (Dec 4): Mary, Meek and Mild and Revolutionary
- Advent 3 (Dec 11): Children's Pageant and White Gift Sunday
- Advent 4 (Dec 18): The Christmas Story revisited (a critical look at what the story means in 2005--the sermon I never preach on Dec 24)
- Christmas Eve: ???????
- Dec 25 and Jan 1: Service cancelled
- Jan 8: John the Baptist
Now the challenge is what to do on Dec 24. Every year I give the meditation in a first person style, alternating between ancient and modern characters -- I just don't find that a standard (or boring) sermon is appropriate for a service with all those anxious, excited children present. One year was the shepherd's story, then the story of the man and the birds seeking shelter, last year was the angel's story. This year is modern and I have no idea what character to use to build a monologue (suggestions welcome). But hey, I am farther along than I was before I went out for coffee!