This Sunday is the beginning of the new year.  That is if you follow the church calendar.  The lectionary readings for the gospels next year will be from the book of Matthew. This past year was from Luke.  This is now the eighth year I will be following the rhythms of the church year. It is a wonderful anti-rhythm to the consumer calendar and as we all know the Christmas season is the ultimate crazy consumer season.

So Sunday marks the start of Advent; the four Sundays before Christmas where we prepare our hearts for the “comings” of Jesus (that is what advent means). A few years ago I stumbled across the Advent Conspiracy site and though it was a great idea to establish a different rhythm.

Last week I hung with Eddie Molaudi a friend from Diepsloot.  He and his wife started a crèche at their church that grew from a handful of children to 145!  He asked me if I could ask a few friends to make Christmas special for the 24 orphans in the crèche.  If that is something you would like to do then send me an email and I will send you the details of how you can make this happen.