Come, thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free;
from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.
Israel's hope and consolation, hope of all the world thou art;
dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.
Charles Wesley, 1744 - United Methodist Hymnal # 196
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Advent and Christmas seasons are rapidly approaching. Advent is a season of preparation and anticipation. In a secular sense we prepare for Christmas by buying presents, addressing Christmas cards, decorating the house, and thinking about people we might like to visit or be visited by. It is a season of getting ready for the big event on December 25th when, ready or not, Christmas arrives in all its glory.