"Savior of the Nations Come. . ."
These words from the first verse of Hymn 54 in our Hymnal reflect the longing many of us have as we prepare for what a recent New York Times headline proclaimed "A Long, Dark Winter." As we begin another church year Scripture relates stories of the two "Advents": The Incarnation, and our Lord's triumphant return. "Advent" is from the Latin adventus – an approach, appearance, arrival. The adventus referred to the coming of the Roman Emperor as he approached a town. People had been preparing, anticipating, for that great day. Watch and wait. We have been doing a lot of that in the last few months.
At Mercer we are a little beyond mid-point in the first semester of our academic year. In addition to our formal academic program, we offered a Virtual Lunch & Learn at mid-day on four Wednesdays in October-November, and a short three-session Virtual Lunch & Learn focusing on Lectionary Year B starts Wednesday December 9. As we plan for our spring semester, we intend to offer more of these short courses. Zoom sessions offer a way for us to stay in touch, and to share our mission and ministry with you. We miss our physical classrooms, our chapel, and our time together.
So, we wait.
And we watch.
We wish you all the blessings of Christmas!