Monday, December 4, 2017

Advent 2017

Aaron and Tristan at the Acadia Christmas Chorus
Wolfville, Nova Scotia. 

The season of Advent was greeted with a dusting of snow this weekend as Aaron traveled through the Maritime provinces. Before traveling to New Brunswick, he was able to hear Tristan singing with the Acadia University Chorus for this year's Christmas performance of Kim André Arnesen's 2010 arrangement of the Magnificat.

It was a wonderful evening of beautiful sacred music and traditional Christmas carols. 

Walking out into the cold night air and seeing the twinkling lights along the Main Street, it certainly felt like a Canadian Christmas.

Acadia University School of Music presents

Grammie and Grampy excited to attend Tristan's first University choral concert

Worship at First Baptist Church, Moncton.

As churches around the world observed the first Sunday of Advent, it was good to participate in the Sunday of HOPE at First Baptist Moncton. Families shared in scripture readings and candle lighting around the evergreen Advent wreath, reflecting on the hope of the ancient prophets that looked forward to the coming of God's chosen one.

With our family separated by an ocean this Advent, this will be the first year that we are not all together and observing the daily advent readings and candle lighting in our home. Our longing for Christmas, and reunion as a family, certainly echoes the message of Advent. Waiting and expectation for the coming of God anew is what Advent is about. We remember and we anticipate. O come, o come, Emmanuel.  

CBM Alumni, Helena and David Evans.
It was so good to meet David and Helena Evans, who had served with CBM in Dadaab, Kenya, in 1996, before ministering in Brazil and the Democratic Republic of Congo. 
Austin and Emma on their way to the 
Rosslyn Christmas Formal

Meanwhile, in Nairobi this past weekend, Emma and her friend Austin attended the annual High School Christmas banquet. As the festive season begins in Nairobi, we are so thankful for the great community that we are blessed to be a part of in Kenya.

Ava excited to be home with her big sister!

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