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It’s Time to Wait!
By the time you receive this you are probably recovering from a day of overindulgence, lying on the couch or your favorite chair and singing the Alka Seltzer blues. I hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving and were able to spend it with loved ones and friends.
Sunday is the beginning of the Advent Season and the beginning of the Christian Year which we follow in worship and practice.
- Advent is the 4 weeks prior to Christmas day and is a time of preparation and waiting to celebrate the birth of Christ.
- It is followed by the Christmas Season which is 12 days beginning with Christmas Day.
- Christmas is followed by Epiphany which is the coming of the Kings or the Magi and is normally the first Sunday in January.
- Epiphany is followed by the baptism of Jesus and the beginning of Jesus' 3-year ministry.
- Lent is the 40 days before Easter/Resurrection Sunday.
- Pentecost is 50 days after Easter, which was the pouring out of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the church – this is normally the first of June.
- The next 5 months are called ordinary time until we come again to Advent.
The Biblical narrative of Advent is twofold: It is a time of waiting and it is a time of preparing. The word Advent comes from the word Adventus meaning “coming” or “appearing”.Thus it is a time of waiting and preparing to celebrate the coming or appearance of the promised Messiah and Savior of the World. The “waiting” is to remind us how the world waited over 2000 years for the birth of Jesus the Messiah, the son of God.
It is also a season of preparing to celebrate the coming of the promised King of Kings and Lord of Lords. As a bride prepares for the bridegroom and the wedding plans are prepared for that glorious day, we prepare our homes with all kinds of decorations that speak of the coming of the Lord. We decorate our homes with manger scenes, stars, lights, and other such things.
We prepare ourselves spiritually through our prayers and devotional life, attending Advent worship services and gatherings, volunteering in our community, and reaching out
to our neighbors with the love and Grace of Jesus Christ.
Join us this Sunday in-person or online at 10:00 a.m. as we begin the glorious Advent Journey together.
Grace and Peace
Sunday’s Message: ”Hope is On the Way”
Sunday’ Scripture: Jeremiah 33:14-16
“‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.
15 “‘In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it will be called:
The LORD Our Righteous Savior.’