Advent – A Season of Tension

What!? A season of tension? I thought the run-up to Christmas was about getting prepared for the birthday party. Putting up lights on the house, bringing a beautiful (but dead) Oregon evergreen in the house so we can put lights on it, string popcorn and fumble with the star that goes on its crest. OK, it is about those things, but they are the product of our culture and not of our faith.

Advent is a link in the chain of the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany season. Advent is a season of great tension. Historically, it is concerned with “end-of-the-age” preparation at the threshold of a new day. That sounds all well and good but the new day usually has to come after the darkest night. Most recently I have been thinking about the tension between our culture’s Christmas cheer and the natural world which at this time of year is beginning to shut down, quiet down in preparation for new life and re-birth. The expression of Advent is about hope and expectation for the coming of Christ into our lives. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14) The tension is  resolved only as we embrace the darkness of our lives,  allowing the promise of God’s love, compassion and justice to emerge from the darkness.

Please join us as you are able this Advent season. You will be blessed indeed!

Peace – Bill


  • Advent worship –   Sunday mornings 10 a.m.
  • Dec 21 5:15 p.m.    PUMC Chancel Choir sings at the Grotto. Don’t miss this!
  • Dec 21 7 p.m.          The Longest Night – A Candlelight Service of Healing and Hope – Music, Readings, Silence, Prayer – a sacramaental service in the style of Taise and in the tradition of Winter Soltistice (longest night of the yea). Parkrose Community UCC 125th & NE Halsey, 7 p.m. Collaborative effort between PUMC, PCUCC and St. Matthews Episcopal.
  • Dec 24, 7 p.m.        Christmas Eve Candlelight Service – Bring the family, neighbors, colleagues and friends.