Spiritual Formation Pastor
Advent conspiracy is the name of our Christmas theme at Emmanuel. “Advent” describes the season that we are in. It’s the time of year that we await the coming of the Christ-child, Jesus Christ. Advent means “The Coming.” Starting December 1, Christians around the world will start to anticipate the day that we celebrate Christ’s birth. Anticipation is infused with hope—there’s a baby on the way! And a baby changes everything!
“Conspiracy” describes a plan that we’re all “in on.” This Advent season you are invited to participate in a plan to replace the values of consumption, individualism, and de-personalization that too often take over the season with values of worship, wise stewardship, generosity, and love.
You may have heard of Advent Conspiracy before. It was started by a few churches a number of years ago and has spread to thousands of churches around the world. It was started because Christians saw how much Christmas had simply become a holiday where we feel the pressure to buy beyond our means, to be over concerned with appearances, and to find our identities in what we own. The churches decided that they needed to actively come up against these pressures by turning Christmas (as it is being practiced) on its head.
Over the next 4 Sundays, we are speaking on the Advent Conspiracy themes. Our hope is that the Emmanuel community will embrace these values and adopt practical ways in which to contribute to the conspiracy. We encourage you to start planning now; a little change makes a big difference! Look at your calendar—I’m sure December has really filled up! But look to see what you can change to slow the season down, focus it on the right things, and infuse it with meaning.
There are many resources online or in books that can give you suggestions on making Advent more meaningful. In your church mailbox, we gave you a list of practical advent conspiracy ideas just to get your creative juices flowing. If you don’t have a church mailbox, we left a few copies at the info desk for anyone to pick up.
Don’t forget about our Christmas banquet taking place tonight. Next week (Dec 8) we have our kids Christmas pageant at 6 pm. And remember to jot down our service times for our Christmas eve services.