It’s hard to believe but next Sunday, December 3 is the first Sunday of Advent. We tend to think of Advent only as the season in which we prepare for Christmas, or the First Coming of Christ, but it is important that we also remember it as a celebration in which we look forward to the Second Coming of Christ.
Properly speaking, Advent is a season that brings to mind the Two Comings of Christ. In order to help us celebrate this season we will be hosting a Christmas dinner this Sunday evening to celebrate the joy we experience as a result of God’s amazing love for us.
This coming Sunday we will continue in our series of messages in the Book of Acts 16:1-10. We will take time to reflect on how God led Paul and Silas to take the good news of the gospel from Asia into Europe - a call that changed the whole course of human history.
I would encourage each of us to reflect on God’s call in our own life and to give thanks for how the birth of Jesus in our life has changed us. What are the positive benefits Jesus has made in your life? I would also like us to reflect on our life as a church, and consider the role He is calling us to play as we seek to impact our community with the message of His birth.
Lord Jesus, Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas. We who have so much to do, help us to seek out some quiet spaces to hear your voice each day, we who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us. Amen.
May the love and peace of Jesus enfold you during this Advent season.