The time leading up to Christmas is one of great expectation, marked by rituals of all kinds. The scriptures for the season are like gifts we open each week, peering inside to see what message of invitation or promise God has for us. Angels — literally “messengers” — appear frequently at this time of year in our stories and from them or others, we receive gifts of nearness, forgiveness, renewal, and blessing. In these holy days, we prepare to receive again “Good tidings of great joy for all people!” The good news is none other than new life, new hope, new peace — the very love of God in flesh. Join us through this season as we unwrap each precious gift we receive from God.