“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”
-Luke 21:25-28 (emphasis mine).-something to read: "The World's Last Night" by John Donne, and . . . "The World's Last Night", by C. S. Lewis.
-something to listen to: "Dust Bowl Dance" (just for the apocalyptic overtones)
-something to sing: "Lo, He Comes In Clouds Descending"
-something to do: This is the church's New Year's Eve: next Sunday is Advent, which is the beginning of the Christian year. Use this time to look back on the past year, a month before the rest of the world will be doing it. Remember God's mercies. Ask for His grace and guidance in the year to come. Prepare your heart for the repentance and fasting of Advent. Thank the Lord for His constant dear presence. And maybe raise a toast to the turning of the year. :)
But still remember the seriousness of this feast:
Amen, Lord Jesus, come quickly.
(For more ideas on celebrating the church year, pick up a copy of "Let Us Keep the Feast: Living the Church Year at Home".)