Advent is not just a transitional season of the church, moving from ordinary time into our lenten season. Rather, Advent is essential time. No other season more accurately portrays the ordinary life of the Christian while at the same time, portraying the daily life of the church. Advent asks important ethical questions and teaches us how to wait; how to wait in a violent world, how to wait in grief, how to wait at the altar, and ultimately Advent teaches us how to wait for our once and future king to come again. Join us at Common Ground this Christmas season as we move from the darkness of old to the dawn of a new day.