8 years ago a group of church pastors wanted to change the way their churches viewed Christmas and combat the way western society had become hyperconsumeristic in its way it treated Christmas. They wanted to provide an alternative way to approach Christmas, and from this they established the Advent Conspiracy. Australians are regarded as being some of the most generous people when it comes to spending at Christmas. It is estimated that Australians will spend on average $450 to $500 per person on food and gifts this Christmas. That means that this year we will spend over 10 billion dollars on Christmas this year. This is an amazing amount of money on Christmas, for my family it would mean that we would be spending about $2500 just on the one day celebration of Christmas. There must be more to Christmas than just spending money.
This year leading up to Christmas we are going to be looking at some of the main concepts of the Advent Conspiracy. This week our concept is “Worship Fully”.
But the hard part of worshipping fully is to overcome the cultural noise at Christmas to buy, to spend, shop, shop, shop. If we are to Worship Fully this Christmas, there are two questions we’ll need to consider, in the midst of all this cultural noise:
How do we quiet ourselves to hear the still, small voice of God?
How can we be sure in, in the midst of all this noise and activity, that God hears us?
Our goal this year is to make sure this all-important voice of God is not drowned out during this Christmas season. We must stay grounded in the beautiful reality of the Christmas story: That is a child has been born for us, a son given to us. The Advent of God with us changed everything. It changed the history of the world, and it changes us.