“It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” That’s what the song says; but for many – 45% of people who live in North America according to one survey – it is a season with more pain than joy, a heightened sense of loneliness in spite of all the parties. We will talk about this on December 3, the First Sunday of Advent. It is also a season of new life when Christians celebrate “God with us” – Emmanuel. We will celebrate that on December 10, the Second Sunday of Advent. And then, on December 17, the Third Sunday of Advent, we celebrate the Joy of Christmas with our Christmas Pageant. Finally, on Christmas Eve (which happens to also be the Fourth Sunday of Advent) we turn to Christmas Dreams – for peace, forgiveness, love shared. Join us as we celebrate Advent at First UMC Burlington. Our worship at First UMC Burlington attempts to find the balance between the power of ancient liturgies and the realities of life in the 21st century. The Bible is our backdrop, the living canvass on which we strive to paint the pictures and stories of our lives. Jesus taught some of the most complex spiritual lessons with the simplest of stories. And what could be more simple than the command to love our neighbor? We invite you to join us for worship Sunday mornings at 9:45. Check out our Facebook Page for up-to-date info – our “Leaning Toward Sunday” and other posts lets you know what’s happening in worship!