ADVENT SERIES – PREPARE THE WAY
Advent 1 Hope/Stand – An apocalyptic message greets us on the first Sunday of Advent. The season of Advent calls us to live in joyful expectation of a new thing God promises to do through the coming Savior. What are some possibilities for new initiatives that will make a difference in our surrounding community?
Advent 2 Peace/Refine — The second Sunday in Advent focuses on John the Baptizer. Since he is the forerunner of Jesus’ coming, his ministry reminds the Christian community that they also are to prepare the way for the good news of the gospel to be received by others as well as to live it out in its particular social location.
Advent 3 Joy/Do – The words of John the Baptist call us to do! It is a small word with large implications. Here too is ‘Good News” – God’s coming Savior brings salvation – how do our actions match our words?
Advent 4 Love/Welcome — Elizabeth says, “For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy” (Lk. 1:44). What a powerful Advent image! Elizabeth already knew that the baby carried by Mary is her Lord and Savior (v.44). Can we also be that excited each time we gather for worship? Can we communicate this joyful anticipation to our community? Are people truly excited about Jesus?