During Advent, we prepare for Christ’s coming with expectant hope. On World AIDS Day, we especially remember the church’s calling to love our siblings in Christ living with HIV and AIDS, working for justice for all who suffer and waiting hopefully in the promise of new life.
Wednesday’s weekly chapel service from the PC(USA) will offer an opportunity to fight the stigma around HIV, support those living with HIV, and honor the memories of those who have died from HIV-related illnesses. As with the recent PC(USA) service commemorating Transgender Day of Remembrance, this year marks the first time that the PC(USA) has held a service as a denomination to recognize this day. The Presbyterian Mission Agency website states,
Since World AIDS Day occurs during the first week of Advent in the Christian year, it is appropriate (particularly in the sermon or prayers of the people) to make connections to the biblical and theological themes of the liturgical season. Advent is a time of waiting in hope and faith for the coming of Christ’s realm — a new creation in which God’s promises of justice, wholeness, and reconciliation are fulfilled. In this season of longing and anticipation, we give thanks for the light of life in Christ, which can never be extinguished (John 1:5).
The PC(USA) has also provided resources for churches or individuals to acknowledge World AIDS Day here.
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