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A monthly blog by Rev. Dr George J. Koch, Holy Trinity’s Intentional Interim Pastor during our time of transition. Pastor Koch will provide spiritual leadership for Holy Trinity until the new regularly called Pastor takes office. In his weekly blog, Pastor Koch will discuss his thoughts on the Church Year and upcoming events at Holy Trinity.
As you read this, we will be in the church season of Advent, the season that begins the church year. While these four Sundays focus on our preparation for Christ's coming, the popular culture in which we live has a different agenda which can overshadow this preparation.
Some may hear these words like the words of Scrooge: the scolding voice of a "Bah, Humbug." My point, however, is simple: there's a richness to our Advent preparation that can easily get lost in the popular culture. Phillips Brooks, an episcopal priest from Philadelphia, spent the winter of 1865 in Bethlehem. He was sick of the carnage of the civil war and burned out from his call. He hoped that the trip would restore him, and it did. From the experience of that trip, he penned the popular Carol, "O Little Town of Bethlehem:"
The third verse of the Carol gets Advent right:
How silently, how silently, The wondrous gift is given; So God imparts to human hearts The blessings of His Heaven. No ear may hear His coming, But in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive Him still, The dear Christ enters in.
So, find some time this Advent to be countercultural. Prepare yourself as you
God's blessings to you this Advent and always!
Pastor George Koch