Thanksgiving Service Tonight, and Advent
Tonight is the annual Community Thanksgiving Service. It is sponsored by our church, Woodmont Hills Church of Christ, and Glen Leven Presbyterian. The service begins at 6:30 pm at Glen Leven 3906 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204. The service will include music, prayers, communion, and a sermon from yours truly. An offering will be taken, the proceeds of which will go to the Campus for Human Development (a ministry to the very poor). All people, regardless of church affiliation or lack thereof, are invited to attend.
On another note, Advent begins this Sunday. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, Advent is referred to as the "Lesser Lent." It is "lesser" mainly because it is shorter. It is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ. As the secular culture can speak of nothing but "Black Friday," the universal Church is called upon to set out mind on the return of our Lord and culmination of history.
It is traditional for Christians to practice a special spiritual discipline during Advent. If you are a Christian, I would encourage you to consider a special action of fasting, prayer, or giving during this season. If you would like to learn more about Advent, and how to practice it, may I recommend coming next week Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, to our program "Practicing Advent" at 7 pm at Redeemer.
I have noticed that I'm getting a lot of special offers in my inbox as "Black Friday" approaches, and these will only increase as Christmas draws nearer. Everyone wants to e-mail me an opportunity to buy something. In an effort to keep our congregation focused on the Lord, I will be e-mailing out a short meditation each of the days of Advent. Some days it will be something I write, other days it will be something I have found that might be a blessing. In any case, I would like at least one of the daily e-mails they receive during this season to be devoted to Christ and his Kingdom, rather than simply marketing. I will be posting these meditations here on my blog, so that those who read it here or on facebook can follow along (if you'd like).
May the Lord richly bless you during this Thanksgiving holiday. We all have much to be thankful for.