Covid-19 Update: We are meeting for Sunday School at 10 AM and worship at 11:00. There are no evening services or other activities scheduled at this time. If you choose to join us there will be hand sanitizer and masks by the front door, please observe social distancing in the sanctuary. Sermons are also posted online. Be safe, stay well, and God bless.
During the incarnation, the Son of God gave up some characteristics of divinity. God’s Spirit was on him but he was born and grew up in the manner that all children do. He was acquainted with grief and sorrow, subject to temptation as we are. All so that he could sympathize with our weakness. He became one of us to save us.
We celebrate Epiphany in January to mark the fact that it took the wise men some time – a considerable amount of time – to reach Jesus and finally worship him. The shepherds looked for Jesus, found him, and immediately went out and told others. The wise men traveled a great distance and ran into some obstacles along the way but their persistence paid off.
A week after Jesus was born, Joseph and Mary brought him to the temple as prescribed by the Law. Simeon was directed to the temple that day by the Holy Spirit, Anna was a prophetess who was always at the temple worshiping God with prayer and fasting day and night.
I don’t know what happened last year but looking back at the website archives reminded me that I did not get to preach on the first Sunday of Advent back in 2019. I had a sermon prepared and wrote up a blog post but there must have been severe weather or a lot of sickness or something that caused us to call off church service. So here we go, “A New Hope” the first of four Advent sermons that’s been one year in the making.
The Advent season has been a regular part of our worship service for a few years. It is a season of preparation that help us focus on the tings that are most important. If you are unfamiliar with Advent this post should be helpful. The dates for the Advent Sundays this year, 2020, are as follows:
November 29 – Hope
December 6 – Faith
December 13 – Joy
December 20 – Peace
We will read passages of scripture, sing hymns and hear sermons based on these themes each week as well as light the corresponding candles of the Advent wreath. Jesus is the light of the world and we looking forward to celebrating that together in worship. We will also take communion on November 29th so a little something extra that will go along nicely with our focus on hope and prophecy.
Remember the words of the prophets and the teachings of the Apostles when scoffers ask “when is the Lord returning? Things continue as they always have.” A thousands years is like a day to the Lord. He is not slack concerning his promises and the Day of the Lord will come.