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"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us." - John 1:14

WHAT IS ADVENT?

Advent is a time of preparation, beginning four Sundays before Christmas. The word comes from the Latin “adventus,” which means “coming” or “arrival.” Similar to the Lenten season, which prepares us for Easter (Resurrection) Sunday, Advent is a season of reflection and longing for the coming King.

As our awareness for the first coming of Christ is heightened, our longing and expectation for his Second Advent increases as well. The great proclamation “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14) assures us that God has entered into human history through the incarnation of the Son. The season of Advent, a season of waiting, is designed to cultivate our awareness of God’s actions—past, present, and future. In this season, we hear the prophecies of the Messiah’s coming as addressed to us—people who wait for the second coming.

Our sense of anticipation is heightened as we look for the day when the lion will lie down with the lamb, death will be swallowed up by victory, and every tear will be wiped away. In this way Advent highlights for us the larger story of God’s grace-filled plan.

A deliberate tension must be built into our practice of the Advent season. Christ has come, and yet not all things have reached completion. So we remember the longing of Israel, we give thanks for Christ’s birth, and we anticipate his return. For this reason, Advent began as a penitential season, a time for discipline and intentional repentance in the confident expectation and hope of Christ’s coming again.

Throughout the centuries, the Church has adopted many themes by dwelling on a specific idea during each week. This year our overall focus is on the hymns and songs of the Advent/season, but each week we will also use the most common theme by focusing on Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.

We pray that when Christmas Day arrives, you will join with the early Church and sign out your praises to the King of Kings and Lord of Lord. Come Lord Jesus, come!

Advent Acrostic
A -- is for arrival, we are longing for.
D -- is for the day that He was born.
V -- is for voices – raised to Him in praise.
E -- is for our Eternal God and King.
N -- is for the night – that turned our world to day.
T -- is for the Holy Trinity.
…and so during ADVENT we prepare our hearts for Him.

Prayer: 
"Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!" - Psalm 139:23-24
Date: 
Dec 1 2017