The season of Advent is a rich and wonderful time. We prepare for the coming of our Lord as a baby in the manger, but also for that day when he will come again “in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.”
Consider using the Women of the ELCA resource “Advent: A Season for All Generations” as your programming foundation. Here are a few options for use:
Two Meetings: Host four to 12 neighbors, friends or relatives. Plan to meet twice, just before and/or during Advent. Combine one part of this program with an activity: Christmas crafts, cookies, or perhaps a simple service project.
One-Day Retreat: A small or large group might choose to arrange this program as a one-day retreat. The group might work through the first part in the morning, enjoy a light luncheon, come back to read the second part, and close with a cookie exchange or service project.
Advent Tea or Luncheon: This program could also be used with an Advent tea or luncheon with the whole congregation.
Today is the second Sunday of Advent. We remember Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (circa 342). This message was adapted from the “Advent: A Season for All Generations” resource available from the Women of the ELCA website.