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anticipation and hope

Advent is the beginning of the Church Year for most churches in the Western tradition. It begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day, which is the Sunday nearest November 30, and ends on Christmas Eve (Dec 24). If Christmas Eve is a Sunday, it is counted as the fourth Sunday of Advent, with Christmas Eve proper beginning at sundown.

The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.

In this double focus on past and future, Advent also symbolizes the spiritual journey of individuals and a congregation, as they affirm that Christ has come, that He is present in the world today, and that He will come again in power. That acknowledgment provides a basis for Kingdom ethics, for holy living arising from a profound sense that we live “between the times” and are called to be faithful stewards of what is entrusted to us as God’s people. So, as the church celebrates God’s inbreaking into history in the Incarnation, and anticipates a future consummation to that history for which “all creation is groaning awaiting its redemption,” it also confesses its own responsibility as a people commissioned to “love the Lord your God with all your heart” and to “love your neighbor as yourself.”

 

Heavenly Father, during Advent,

may we remember the greatest gift ever given:

Your only Son, Jesus Christ.

Fill our hearts with joy day by day

as we think of our Savior

putting aside His heavenly glory and coming among us.

by Raymond A. Foss

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pumpkins pumpkins

I was something that lay under the sun and felt it, like the pumpkins, and I did not want to be anything more.  I was entirely happy.  Perhaps we feel like that when we die and become a part of something entire, whether it is sun and air, or goodness and knowledge.

Willa Sibert Cather

Bible Study

Gospel of John Bible Study

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.  This is my commandment that ye love one another even as I have loved you.

– John 15:11-12

Fall comes to Southwest Texas

can you use a prayer?

for everything there is a season

Sunday mornings

If you are not attending an adult Sunday School class, you may be missing out on a great “combo deal” according to studies by Christian educators.

Chris Johnson (Christian educator at Hinnepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis) states that:

“Worship may be glorious and inspirational, but you cannot create discussions or develop interpersonal relationships while sitting in the pews,” he noted. “Sunday school is the ‘combo meal deal’ at church!”

The original intent of Sunday School was evangelistic.  In our Sharers Class, we study the scripture as we fellowship with another and we welcome those of another denomination – or no denomination at all.

As I continue on my faith walk, I definitely see the advantage of small groups (such as our Sunday School and Bible Studies).  Adult Sunday School is where I can connect with others and study God’s word and be ‘re-fueled’  – for lack of another term to express my experience.

Our Sharers class is a special place where we share laughter and tears as we try to figure out what it means to follow Jesus and ask the questions that can lead us to a fulfilling life.

God bless these Sunday mornings!