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O Come All Ye Faithful

The Wesley Fellowship, the Westminster Fellowship and Duke Lutherans invite you to:

A Service of Lessons and Carols! 
Sunday, December 4th

6pm: Dinner in the York Reading Room (2nd floor Gray building)
7pm: Worship in Goodson Chapel (Div School)

adventwreathAdvent is a season of watching and waiting, of tuning our minds and hearts to the presence and inbreaking of God, of attending to the ways that God shows up in the unexpected and shines light into our darkest places.  For many of us, this season is filled with late-night cram sessions under dim library lights, caffeine-induced paper writing with fluorescent dorm lights blaring to stay awake for just one more paragraph, and the artificial lights on a tree or rooftop that remind us of the season.  But these lights often distract us from the true light that enlightens everything.   Isaiah prophesied to the people of Israel saying,

“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness–on them light has shined.”  –Isaiah 9:2

The gospel of John opens with language deeply connected to Isaiah’s prophesy, declaring,

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him and without him not one thing came into being.  What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.  The light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it.”  –John 1:1-5

As you look toward the end of the semester and the celebration of Christmas, where might the true light that shines in the darkness be pointing you?  Join us for the Lessons and Carols service, listen to the scriptures, sing of God’s advent/coming into the world, and open yourself to God’s surprising, gracious presence in the world.

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