First Sunday in Advent - FAIL

Hey! Guess what? It's hard to live liturgically when you are constantly on the road and never home. #logic

We drove home to Knoxville for Thanksgiving with our families. For the first time in years, both families celebrated on Thanksgiving day. So we had to eat light during the first meal to save room for the second. #stuffedpigs We survived though and it was fun to see everyone on the actual day.

Since I was and am still getting over a cold, I didn't feel like Black Friday shopping. I slept in until about 10. #sonice #what! #holla Timothy wanted to get out visit a few places so we got ready and headed out. 

The first stop was TMobile on the hunt for new iPhone 7s. He got one and I had to order mine. #bummer Then we grabbed some lunch and I wanted to go the Bath and Body for their 1/2 priced soaps. #lovemesomevanillabeannoel #merryberrychristmasyall You probably do not want a play by play of my thanksgiving weekend, so let's skip on the the meat of the story.

We didn't get home until around midnight on Saturday and the following day was the First Sunday in Advent. We went to church and worshipped which included lighting the Advent wreath. Then we ate lunch with friends, I worked on crochet stuff all afternoon, handbell and choir practice that night and then home for more crochet work. #la-ti-da

Interesting side note: We had decided to wait on putting up our Christmas decorations to celebrate Advent and really feel the anticipation of the season. So since we made that decision, it didn't even occur to me that I had an Advent Wreath at home that needed to be unpacked and lit. Monday night a friend, who is in seminary and probably busier than me, posted a picture.

" Happy Advent, beloveds! In the midst of life's clutter, after a late night of travel, and with last Year's candles (sans wreath, even) we begin the preparation.   Because Jesus is on the move.   #advent     #reallife     #hallelujah "  -Leanna Coyle-Carr

"Happy Advent, beloveds! In the midst of life's clutter, after a late night of travel, and with last Year's candles (sans wreath, even) we begin the preparation. Because Jesus is on the move. #advent #reallife #hallelujah" -Leanna Coyle-Carr

Um yeah, I couldn't even manage to make something that simple happen. #pastorswifefail 

So I decided to pull out all the Christmas decorations, while I was writing this post, and started looking for the Advent wreath. Pro tip: put that stuff on top next year yo! #winning I had to dig a little and finally found it. 

Totally forgot to light the first candle before taking the picture. #winning 

Totally forgot to light the first candle before taking the picture. #winning 

Oh boy, well better late than never. I hope you and your families enjoy this season of Advent. 

P.S. Did you watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life? Somehow I managed to watch it sporadically over the weekend. #what?!? #thatendingthough

Living Liturgically as a Methodist

Last Sunday was The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. AKA the Feast of Christ the King or Christ the King Sunday. #baller

Having grown up Baptist, these special feasts are completely new to me. I bet a bunch of my Methodist friends are in the same boat! 

So what is Christ the King Sunday all about? It celebrates the all embracing authority of Christ the King and Lord of all things. It is celebrated on the last Sunday before Advent.

Here's a little history about the feast.

Pope Pius XI instituted The Feast of Christ the King in 1925 for the universal church, in his encyclical Quas Primas. He connected the increasing denial of Christ as king to the rise of secularism throughout much of Europe. At the time of Quas Primas, many Christians (including Catholics) began to doubt Christ’s authority and existence, as well as the Church’s power to continue Christ’s authority.

Pius XI, and the rest of the Christian world, witnessed the rise of non-Christian dictatorships in Europe, and saw Catholics being taken in by these earthly leaders. These dictators often attempted to assert authority over the Church. Just as the Feast of Corpus Christi was instituted when devotion to the Eucharist was at a low point, the Feast of Christ the King was instituted during a time when respect for Christ and the Church was waning, when the feast was needed most.

That's pretty fascinating! According to my husband, theologian extraordinaire, The United Methodist Church adapted the feast around 1980.

I have been thinking for a couple years now that I need to be implementing more of these feast days into our lives. The end of the church year is the perfect time to start doing that. 

This post actually came through my Facebook feed and I had never heard of it but it is so cool!

Stir-up a Christmas Pudding. Then wait.

Stir-up a Christmas Pudding. Then wait.

You mix up this pudding and then wait to bake it until Christmas! It looks really good and I thought about making it myself but the recipe calls for suet. I have no idea what that is. #itsbritish Plus it would be hard to make on Christmas since we travel home to be with family. BUT maybe it's something you can do!

Anyway, next Sunday is the first week of Advent. Advent is one of my favorite seasons in the church. The anticipation and waiting.... #loveit