It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Unlike the retail industry which begins their Christmas plumage with the appearance of Halloween clearance signs, the church officially begins the Christmas/Advent season this Sunday. So, today a dedicated group of volunteers came to transform the church with the hanging of the greens.
Often there is an actual hanging of the greens service the help us to recognize the many symbols associated with the decorations that are present in the sanctuary. For instance, the greens themselves are "traditionally associated with everlasting life. Greens such as cedar for royalty, fir and pine boughs for everlasting life, holly symbolizing Jesus' death and ivy representing the resurrection are used."
Instead of a Christmas tree, the sanctuary has a Chrismon tree which is rich with symbols of our historic faith. Check out the Chuck Knows Church video at the end of the post with a light-hearted look at what the Chrismon tree is all about.
As we journey together through this season of Lent, I encourage you to take a moment and explore the many symbols that are present in the beautiful decorations that fill our sanctuary and can be found throughout the church. And a special thank-you to all of the volunteers who helped prepare our church and ultimately our hearts and mind for this joyous season celebrating the birth of Christ.