The season of Advent is the beginning of the church year. It starts this Sunday, December 1, and runs 4 weeks leading us to the FEAST of Christmas. Advent is out of sync with our culture because while the culture celebrates Christmas until Christmas (then it is over), Advent encourages joyful anticipation and careful preparation for God’s incarnation (the feast of Christmas) by intentionally waiting in prayer and fasting. While culture is partying and bingeing for Christmas the church is fasting, praying and soberly waiting. The Advent fast time ends for us on Christmas Eve (candlelight worship at 7:30 PM). That’s when we begin the feast of Christmas that runs for 12 days, until the feast of the Epiphany, January 6th.