We have once again come to one of my favorite seasons on the Christian calendar.
Advent (which comes from the Latin word “adventus”which means “coming”) is the season between Christ the King Sunday (Sunday, November 25th) and Christmastide. It includes the four Sundays in between and is a season that helps to prepare for the coming of the Christ child.
Our first Sunday of Advent is Sunday, December 2nd.
My sermon title will be “Hope” with Luke 21:25-36 as our scripture lesson. This traditional first Sunday of Advent passage takes place near the end of Jesus’ life. It’s a passage telling us about the second coming of Christ. It’s a message of hope which connects us back to Jesus’birth and the journey we all begin with Him.
The second Sunday of Advent will be Sunday, December 9th.
My sermon title will be “Peace” with Luke 3:1-6 as our scripture lesson. In this passage, we hear the story of John the Baptist. We hear how during a time of oppression and division God was about to send the
One who would bring freedom and unity. Prior to His arrival there was one who would proclaim His coming.
The third Sunday of Advent will be Sunday, December 16th.
My sermon title will be “Joy”. The scripture lesson for this day will be Luke 3:7-18. The story from December 9th continues in this week’s passage. John is busy baptizing and helping lead people to God. He is preparing the way of the Lord. And then, his critics show up. John responds to them and reminds them and us that our attention needs to be on Christ!
Longest Night Service
A special worship service will be held on Friday, December 21st. Our“Longest Night Service” will be held at 7:00 PM. This will be a time to remember and celebrate the lives of those we have lost, to acknowledge the ending of relationships, and to bring comfort to those who have gone through other painful transitions in their lives. There will be hymns with scriptures and a brief message. There will also be a time of the lighting of candles.
The fourth Sunday of Advent will beSunday, December 23th. My sermon title will be “Love”. The scripture lesson for this day will be Luke 1:39-45. This passage tells the story of Mary and Elizabeth. We hear of how God blesses both women with the promise of children. Children who will change the world and lead people to God. We hear of their great joy in the love they feel from God.
Our Christmas Eve services onMonday, December 24th will be at 5:00 and 7:30 PM. My sermon title for the Christmas Eve services is “Away in a Manger” with Luke 2:1-7 as our scripture lesson. The 5:00 PM service will feature our Children’s and Youth Choirs. The 7:30 PM service will feature our Chancel Choir. Both services will include a Candlelight service.
May you find inspiration in this holiday season. May you be a part of our Adventus. May God bless you as we prepare for the birth of the Christ child.
In Christ, Pastor Scott