First United Methodist Church
Sunday, January 25, 2015
The season of Advent is upon us and it is a time to remember what “advent” means. Advent means “coming,” and in Christian theology it refers to the coming of Jesus Christ. During the holy season of Advent, that is, the four-week period leading up to Christmas, Christians celebrate Christ’s coming to us in three different ways: in the past, in Jesus’ birth some 2000 years ago—in the present, in the risen Christ who is with us now in Word and in Spirit—and in the future, as we await with anticipation for the day when Christ will come again to judge creation and save the people, bringing in a time of peace and joy to all the earth.
As we await Christ’s second coming to us in the future, scripture tells us we should prepare ourselves, for we must be ready. Matthew 24:36 says, “But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father...Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming...Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
How will you spend time this Advent season getting ready for the coming of our Lord? Will you make regular worship part of each week and spend time every day with God in prayer? Will you engage in the Advent study* offered on Wednesday evenings at 6:30 and Thursdays at Noon (*see more information elsewhere in this newsletter)? Will you live each day as Christ did, reaching out to others in unconditional love so that they too will be ready when he comes again? Or, will you get caught up in the worldly ways of “the Christmas season,” sidetracked by all the holiday shopping, baking, wrapping, parties, and card writing?
I invite you to join us for worship each Sunday at 8:30 or 10am as we continue our journey throughout the Advent season. Together may we truly prepare our hearts and minds, not just for the celebrations with family and friends on December 25th, but for the day when Christ will come again at an unexpected hour and ask, “Are you ready?”
Peace and love,