Tonight, as I listened to the music, watched the performers, and interacted with our guests at Trinity’s Community Christmas Concert, I was reminded of an article I read recently about the Advent Conspiracy. The Advent Conspiracy was begun in 2006 by a handful of pastors who wanted to change Christmas from a stressful time to a season of worship and joy. Now it involves churches around the world.
Advent Conspiracy emphasizes four basic principles.
- Worship Fully. For Christians, we are celebrating the birth of Jesus, the incarnation of God’s love. This is what Christmas is all about and worth celebrating with our whole being.
- Spend Less. Stop buying gifts that we don’t need or want. Simply refusing to go into debt buying Christmas gifts removes stress.
- Give More. Instead of spending more money on things, give relational gifts. Spend time with someone we love. Isn’t that the best gift of all?
- Love All. Use some of the money saved from excessive gift giving to love others in a practical way. Donate to help those in need locally or around the world.
To learn more about the movement, check out the Advent Conspiracy web site at www.adventconspiracy.org. They also have an online advent calendar with articles and videos at http://www.adventconspiracy.org/actree.
Trinity’s Community Christmas Concert was a wonderful example of an Advent Conspiracy activity. We worshipped as we listened to the beautiful music and sang the words from the Messiah taken directly from the Scriptures. The concert was an event that the audience enjoyed for free. Lots of people came with friends and family; husbands and wives, mothers and children, grandparents and grandchildren. The concert was a way of expressing the joy of Christmas with people we know and love as well as complete strangers. What a wonderful way to worship fully, spend less, give more, and love all!
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. – Luke 2:20