Advent Day 1: Rt Rev Colin Sinclair introduces Advent

Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, invites you to join in with this year's Advent calendar: Joy To The World.

God is with us

"The sense of expectation and anticipation immediately begins to grow, but Advent – far from speeding us up – encourages us to slow down," Colin said.

"Whether it's the lighting of an Advent candle, or the expectant opening of each window in an Advent calendar, we are being encouraged to reflect.

"The theme of Christmas is all about joy, and sometimes we think the joy of Christmas is limited to those who have family and food and the finances to afford it, but that's not what the Bible tells us.

"Because, you see, at the heart of Christmas, we are told that God has come among us, that God is with us. Emmanuel.

"This year, on our Church of Scotland website, each day during Advent there's an opportunity to hear a prayer or a story, or watch a video.

"We invite you to join with us, and to savour every aspect in this busy schedule that will allow us to enjoy Christmas to the full."

Follow along with this year's Joy To The World Advent calendar.