We now enter into the season of Advent, a time in the Christian year that is full of anticipation and, for some, impatience as we wait for Christmas and its celebration of the Christ-child with family and food and presents. The four Sundays of Advent begin on November 27th and continue until Christmas. While you make your Christmas preparations, I would encourage you to not overlook the lessons of Advent.
The first Sunday of Advent focuses on readiness. Are you ready for the return of the Lord? Jesus told his disciples that no one knows when the Son of Man will return except God the Father; therefore, be ready for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.
The second Sunday of Advent stresses repentance and righteousness. To be ready for the coming of the Lord is to be in a state of repentance for your sins. John the Baptist cried out in the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord. He called upon the people to repent and to bear fruits worthy of repentance through righteous living.
The third Sunday of Advent is a Sunday of rejoicing! We look forward to the joy of God’s new creation that will come with the Lord. The prophet Isaiah proclaimed that even the wilderness and the desert shall rejoice and blossom. God will keep God’s promise to come and save us and, so, we are glad!
The fourth Sunday of Advent tells of the revelation of Emmanuel, “God-with-us,” revealed in human flesh. A child shall be born and that child shall save us from our sins. Do not be afraid; God is at work in the world.
May you be blessed by God throughout this season!
December 11--Sunday Scholl Bake Sale--Bells play at Fellowship
December 18 -Christmas Play
December 24 4:00pm Service
December 25 9:30am Service