Do you ever feel like Christmas has lost its majesty? Are your holidays so filled with preparation for the moments we hope to treasure that we don’t have time to truly treasure those moments? In its simplest form the Christmas story is nothing less than a sparkling rendering of the divine-human encounter. The ordinary is transformed to be extraordinary, and common places become dwellings of God A girl named Mary is to have a baby; Elizabeth comes to her aid; Joseph struggles with a decision; Shepherds come to witness the birth; And Mary treasures up all these things in her heart while the world receives a Savior. Now is there any story more elegant or majestic than that one?
Join us this Advent Season as we celebrate The First Noel through worship, song, mission and devotion. Collected here is the witness of BUMC clergy, staff, laity, youth and children. In their own way each contributor speaks to the majesty and glory of Christmas we love so much. If your holiday is filled with busy-ness and preparation or if it is not, take time each day to hear the message of the First Noel as told by the people of BUMC. Merry Christmas!
A special thank you to Kathryn Strand for her hard work of compiling and publishing this year's Advent Devotional.
Click here for a PDF of the 2014 Advent Devotional