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ADVENT ~ From the Latin ‘adventus’ which means ‘coming’.   Advent marks the beginning of the church year when we prepare to receive anew the light of the world, the birth of Jesus – the Word made Flesh.  This season of four weeks was set aside by the early church to prepare ourselves spiritually to receive this precious gift that can transform our lives.   This spirit of welcome is central to our lives and is essential for our well-being.  The spirit of welcome and  
hospitality is a thread woven throughout the Bible.   

This past month as I attended the Annual Meeting of our Maine Conference UCC in Bangor.  Amongst the workshops I attended this poster was shared of  welcoming those new in our community.  It struck me how Advent might take on even further meaning  as we welcome others to our area as refugees from overseas oppression,  perhaps relocating from recent hurricanes or simply moving into our community and seeking a new church home.    

Finding a stable,  
finding a home, 
finding light, 
finding ourselves.   
The message of Advent arrives.  
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