When we think of Advent, I believe most of us think about the time when Jesus was born; that time some 2,000 plus years ago. We consider Advent and Christmas to be an event in the past that we continue to celebrate today. In this series, we will consider Advent has a proclamation of not only what has transpired, but of what is still to come. The Good News is not simply that Jesus was born in a manger near Bethlehem. The Good News is that Christ will come again. Our Advent worship should be focused on both the past and the future – what was and what is yet to come. While reflecting on the past, we pray for the fulfillment of God’s love made known to us in the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension through the second coming of Jesus.
During this season, we will consider what it means for us to practice Advent by reflecting on what God has done and is yet to do. We will also consider what it looks like for us to pray faithfully while persevering through the now, but not yet. In light of these, we will gain a glimpse of what mercy looks like and how it is intended to be a part of our everyday lives. Culminating on Christmas Day, God will present us with the opportunity for a new beginning in Christ – to live not simply reflecting on the past, but to be alive with hope and expectation of what God is still yet to do.
I invite you to join us this Advent and Christmas season as we consider a Wesleyan way of living into this joyous time. All are welcome to join us for All the Good.
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