When the pastor called Tuesday and asked if the girls and I would mind lighting the advent candle today, my first question was, "What does that involve?"
I was raised in the Church of Christ, attended Baptist churches later on, and am still a member of the Assembly of God. The Church of Christ didn't believe in celebrating Christmas at all, and as far as I know, the other two don't do the Advent thing.
I really don't like getting up in front of a group, but the early services at St. Luke are casual, and not that many folks attend it. So I agreed.
The girls and I practiced our reading all week, and I must say they did great. The only fly in the ointment was that Natalie couldn't figure out how to work this particular lighter; she insisted on trying again and again, but I finally took over. This was no big deal to any of us; perhaps some members of the congregation got a smile from it.