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Located in the heart of Olds, Alberta, the United Church has witnessed the Christian faith through worship, service, and fellowship for 120 years (as of 2014). All are welcome to share in our ministry.
than to be happy and enjoy themselves."
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An Advent Message - We've entered a new year in the life of the church. We, as part of the Reform Tradition of churches, follow the common lectionary - a 3 year cycle of prescribed biblical readings that take us through the seasons of the church year quite systematically. The idea is that if you follow each Sunday's readings, in a three year cycle you will have read most of the Bible, covering all the major themes it contains.
Advent - it means "coming" or "visit". The secular world associates it simply with a time of getting ready for the celebration of Christmas. For the secular world, it tends to be a time of joyful celebration, more than anything else - and seen as the Christmas season. Yet, on the church calendar, the Christmas season doesn't start until December 25, and goes for 12 days after that.
Historically, in the church, Advent has been a reflective time; a time to look at how we are called to follow God, to look at where we have been lacking in our spiritual lives, and to seek to be better disciples. The journey, historically, has been one of repentance, of "getting right" with God.
The journey towards God, towards healing and reconciliation, toward re-connecting with the Spirit of Life in all its goodness, can be as a first step on the Advent journey. With that step, we become open to the transformative power of the Spirit. One of our Advent readings refers to 'being clay in the potter's hands' (Isaiah 64:1-9). That can be such a hopeful image, in that when we are open to the moving of the Spirit, shaping us, we are open to the transformation that can come into our lives, to hearing the voice of God, leading us in new directions.
As we travel through these Advent days, may the Spirit bring us to a place where we are ready, once again, to welcome the birth of the Christ child. Amen.
Blessings, Tammy (Reverend Tammy Allan)
Dear People of Olds United Church
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Matt 28:18 - Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me."
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