Advent: Expecting God To Show Up
Advent is about waiting. The Advent season’s themes — expectation, hope, anticipation — don’t really resonate with our open 24 hours, you can get it now culture. We might well ask: What are we waiting for? What do we expect?
We are waiting for God to show up! Not as a vision or a pious emotion but as our own flesh and blood, in our own history, addressing all the realities of our world.
Being a Christian means proclaiming that God has indeed shown up in Jesus. For some, this is a fairy tale with no truth value. For others, Jesus takes a back seat to those activities that so many now call “the holidays” — parties, eating too much, buying too much stuff.
For us? We take our stand with those who witnessed Jesus’ life, death and resurrection. We take our stand with all those who have put their faith in him and have been freed from sin and promised eternal life. We take our stand with those who share his death and resurrection in baptism and remember his sacrificial offering in Holy Communion.
In spite of so much evidence to the contrary, we keep Advent to remind us that God’s Messiah has come, in the person and work of Jesus. We keep Advent to remind us that the Messiah still comes, in the power of the Holy Spirit, to comfort and inspire, to push us to live for his Kingdom. And we keep Advent to remind us that the Messiah will come at the end of time to establish his justice and bring us to live with him forever. Let us keep a holy, joyful and expectant Advent, and prepare our hearts to celebrate his coming.
~ Pastor Steve Mindrup
Christmas Worship Schedule
We hope you will make plans to join us for Christmas Eve worship at either 5pm or 10pm. Beautiful worship services are being planned for this Holy Night when we celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. Holy Communion and candlelight will be included in both services.
Our quilting ladies have been working on “Walker Bags” for residents of area nursing homes. They are also making them available to members of our congregation. You will find a basket full of these colorful and handy fabric bags in the Narthex. Please feel free to take one for yourself or someone you know.
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