Journey through Advent with Joy

Joy to the World, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King; 
Let every heart prepare Him room
and heaven and nature sing!

Dear Friends,

We look forward to celebrating the Advent Season together beginning this Sunday. The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival." In the season of Advent, we prepare for Christ's Second coming while also getting ready to celebrate Christ's first coming at Christmas. 

Christmas is coming soon. We'll all have lots of things to prepare, but what about our spiritual preparation? What would it look like for us toprepare him roomin our lives?  
Our Advent theme this year is "With Joy." During this season of Advent, we invite you into a season of joyful preparation and expectancy. The Church prepares for Christmas with Advent in a similar way to how she prepares for Easter with Lent. We aren’t ready to celebrate the birth of a savior until we have spent time preparing our hearts, lives, and community to receive our Savior. 

Waiting in expectation means spiritual introspection and inner preparation. There are many resources available to assist our formation in this season of Advent. We have noted some of them below.  

May your Advent Season be richly blessed and may you be filled with abundant joy as you prepare for the coming of our Lord.

In Christ,

Janna and Jon

Jon Ziegler