Dietrich served as an acolyte at Messiah Episcopal for the first time this week!
Here are the best of the pictures:
Lighting the candles at the Lord's Table.
Lighting the candles at the front of the sanctuary.
Looking on while the younger kids help light candles on the advent wreath.
Looking on during the pastor's sermon.
And helping with the procession out of the church.
This is our first advent season in a high liturgical tradition and it has been very good to get to know the church calendar better and to anticipate Christmas in a new way. Advent is a season of waiting or anticipation before the coming of the King, so there is much more kneeling than usual (not that any kneeling at all wasn't new, growing up in community churches or Baptist churches).
One thing I have gained is a particular insight into the way in which we live in a time of "already and not yet." The King has come. The King is also yet to come. And so we celebrate his coming. And so we look for his return.
Here was the collect of the day:
"Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one god, now and forever. Amen."