Advent Wreath Making Project – November 21,22
The four Sundays of Advent call us not only to remember Christ’s first coming at Christmas, but also to prepare for Christ’s second coming at the end of time. Although some people associate Jesus’ second coming with upheaval and judgement, the central message of Jesus’ return is one of hope. The gospel promises us that on the great day at the end of our present time, a new time or age will begin which is God’s Kingdom. In that time every evil will be destroyed and God’s will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus’ second coming initiates a reign of justice and peace. You will recognize in the readings on the first three Sundays of Advent reflections on Jesus’ second coming and on the fourth Sunday an emphasis on Jesus’ birth. Advent then looks back on Jesus becoming one of us through his birth as the son of Mary and look forward to all the blessings Jesus promises us in the Kingdom of God.
One of the ways families have celebrated the Advent season is through the use of an Advent wreath. We have traditionally lit an Advent wreath in our Narthex, but the fundamental setting for the wreath is the home.
All parishioners are invited to the lower level after any mass this weekend (November 21st and 22nd) to create a simple, nontraditional Advent wreath for their home.
We will provide all the materials to make and to use the wreath. Come with members of your family or just come yourself. We will be accepting free-will donations to defray the cost of materials, but all are welcome to come without cost. Working together to build our wreaths is a sign of our community with one another, even as we construct the wreaths we will use in our homes to recall the two comings of Christ