Bishop Duncan’s Message Advent 2020

Each year I come to the season of Advent with mixed emotions.  I like Advent, and I like Christmas better.  Advent is the getting ready for Christmas and how we accomplish that matters.  If all of our focus is on Christmas, we miss the opportunity to be ready and refreshed for Christmas. If we rush through the preparations, we might miss the real joy that is promised.  “Come thou long expected Jesus” is our expectation that God has already fulfilled!  It is ours to claim!  Yes, there may be things we want to do before our family celebrations or hopes that cannot or will not happen in this time of Pandemic.  But our hopes and fears join with those who have come before us, and they and we are all embraced in His grace!  May all of us share in the newness of life in the grace of God’s call to us this Advent.

In His Holy Name,
Bishop Duncan