A Voice Crying in the Wilderness
By the time I get to Advent each year, I’m ready for some joy. I find myself longing for wonder and hope, even for the markers of the season that get a little sappy. I could do with less “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” but overall, I welcome the change that comes with the habits of this season. Even the grief that comes with a holiday—remembering those who have died and lamenting strained relationships—is meaningful even as it is hard.
I want to mark a time when I’m preparing for something different. I want to envision a world where relationships are healed, peace is real, violence is unknown, and love is the rule. Advent helps me see how far we are from that world, still walking in wilderness. Advent gets me ready for the voice calling into the wilderness to guide us out of it.
This Advent, we will read the prophet Isaiah, who called to God’s people in the wilderness thousands of years ago and does the same for us now. That sounds a little heavy; we don’t want to think about wilderness experiences as we trim our trees. But what deeper joy could we know than the promise that God sees the wild, even chaotic, reality of our lives and speaks hope to us? This Advent may our hearts and eyes and ears be open to the Lord who leads us out of wilderness and into joy!
Rev. Rebekah LeMon,
Featured Advent Events
All-Church Thanksgiving Brunch
Sunday, November 26
10–11 AM | Williams Hall
Join us for coffee, donuts, and hot cocoa with marshmallows as we pack lunches for Central Outreach and Advocacy Center and write Christmas Cards for Motherhood Beyond Bars. We will also have a few Advent art projects to work on together.
Sunday, December 3
9 AM–1 PM | Williams Hall
Shop for arts, crafts, baked goods, and more at Trinity’s annual Christmas Market. Proceeds will benefit our global mission partners in Cuba and Haiti, as well as refugee resettlement here in Atlanta.
Drive-Thru Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 10
5–6 PM | Enter at Moore’s Mill
Enjoy a drive-through nativity experience with music, narration, and choreography brought to you by our very own Children’s Ministry.
Congregational Carol Sing
Sunday, December 17
7–8:30 PM | Williams Hall
Get into the spirit with an evening of holiday singing and merriment led by Norman Mackenzie, Director of Music and Fine Arts.
Join us for our annual Christmas Market in Williams Hall on December 3rd to get a head start on your holiday shopping! Our annual market benefits our global mission partners in Cuba, Haiti, and refugee resettlement here in metro Atlanta. Volunteering at the Christmas Market is also a fun way to meet other people while also making a valuable impact in others’ lives. This is one of our most well-loved traditions here at Trinity and we hope to see you there!
Christmas Eve Services
Children’s Service Led by Trinity 2nd Graders
4:00 PM Sanctuary
Service of Lessons & Carols Led by Trinity Youth
6:00 PM Sanctuary
Service of Lessons & Carols with Trinity Chancel Choir
9:00 PM Sanctuary
Candlelight Worship Service with Communion
11:00 PM Dobbs Chapel (In-Person Only)