Advent Formation

Seven Week Advent History


The Proposal and Its Origin:

The Very Rev’d William H. Petersen is the founder and convener of the Advent Project Seminar in the North American Academy of Liturgy (people who are liturgical scholars and/or teach worship in the seminaries of a broad spectrum of churches including Anglican, Baptist, Lutheran, Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, and United Church of Christ). The aim of the seminar is to promote a calendar change in our liturgical year that would expand Advent to the seven weeks before Christmas.

Why Expand Advent?

The four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas go very quickly and are already fully enmeshed with the cultural Christmas that has come to exist. Which means time and energy for Advent is diminished. By having more time, and starting to prepare a little earlier we give ourselves an opportunity to be more intentional about really using the weeks before Christmas as a time of preparation. There are also 2 themes in the Advent Season: (1) the major theme is meant to be the “end times,” which is to say the goal of fulfillment of all the implications of Christ’s resurrection for humanity and creation. (2) the secondary theme, which has come to be more significant to most, is the journey towards the birth of Christ and the celebration of the incarnation. The combination of these two themes allow us to look to the past and what has come, but to not forget that Christ’s coming was not just about then.

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deerAn Advent Poem by Mary Oliver, from THIRST

Dear Lord, I have swept and I have washed but still nothing is as shining as it should be for you. Under the sink, for example, is an uproar of mice – it is the season of their many children. What shall I do? And under the eaves and through the walls the squirrels have gnawed their ragged entrances – but it the season when they need shelter, so what shall I do? And the raccoon limps into the kitchen and opens the cupboard while the dog snores, the cat holds the pillow; what shall I do? Beautiful is the new snow falling in the yard and the fox who is staring boldly up the path, to the door. And I still believe you will come, Lord; you will, when I speak to the fox, the sparrow, the lost dog, the shivering sea-goose, know that I am really speaking to you whenever I say, as I do all morning and afternoon: Come in, Come in.

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We invite ALL people to Trinity this week to hear Lessons and Carols followed by an Advent Brunch.  Check out our bulletin for this special celebration.  WELCOME TO TRINITY!