by Zane Ridings
Advent is defined as “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.” In the Christian tradition, that notable person is Jesus Christ, and this special church season is dedication to preparation and anticipation of the birth of Jesus. There are many reasons that churches celebrate this season, and there is a deeper theological meaning behind why youth and children specifically are the ones who take the lead on the first Sunday of Advent in the Hanging of the Greens service: Our savior came to us as a child, and we recognize the special and real contribution that youth and children make to our church and to the world. The youth of Midway Hills are not just the future of the Christian faith, they are a real and active part of its present.
On Sunday, all of us will participate in the “greening” of our sanctuary together, led by all the youth and children of the church. This is not just because God manifested God-self first as a child in our stories, but also because we must remember that faith, like humans, develops and grows in a non-linear and messy fashion. Our developing leaders in our congregation invite you to come and experience the hope and anticipation of advent as a celebration of what faith can mean to everyone in our church, regardless of age, faith development, or membership in the church. So please come on Sunday not just to support the youth and children, but to wonder, question, and be challenged by the faith of a child, and to celebrate the child that represents our faith and our transformation in salvation.
With Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love,