“Advent” means “coming”
For most of us, we are looking for the coming of Christmas and all the things that that means: family, carols, food, presents, and all the rest. It would be wise for us to look at other comings during this season as well. In our mid-week Advent worship, we’ll be looking at many different “advents,” times that God came close to His people and the times when He continues to do so. Midweek worship will use the Order of Evening Prayer as our guide and the sermon theme for each week will be:
December 1: “Born to a Living Hope”
December 8: “Surely the Lord is in This Place”
December 15: “I AM Has Sent Me to You
The Christmas season is commonly known as the one season of the year where people are nice to one another. Donations are up, people are happier, and life just seems better. Why can’t we love each other like this year-round? Why should we love people all the time?
As Christians, we know the love that God has for us. He sent His only son to die on the cross for us so that we can have eternal life. We are called to mirror that love in our own lives. It can be seen in multiple ways throughout the Bible.
In Mark 12:31 Jesus talks about how the second greatest commandment is to love our neighbor. In John 15:12 Jesus tells us to love others as He has loved us. With these verses it is clear we are to love our neighbor just as much as Christ loved us. But how much did Christ love us?
Once again in our human terms, it seems too much to fathom, yet, he loved us enough to suffer through many terrible things. When we love our neighbor, we are showing them the love that Christ has for us through our actions. We are also called to do this all the time, not just during the Christmas season when we are constantly reminded of it.
When we share the love of Christ year-round, we are more accurately following Christ’s example and have a greater chance of planting more seeds of faith in people who do not know Jesus.
I hope and pray you all have a safe and love filled Christmas season and that we all continue to love all people all the time.
In Christ alone,