Advent 2019: Make Ready

 
For centuries, the church has taken the opportunity during Advent to anticipate not only the celebration of the first coming of Christ at Christmas, but also the second coming of Christ at an hour we do not know.
 
The scriptures repeatedly encourage us to make ready for Christ’s return, to live now in light of the truth that He will one day come again. It will be just “a little while,” as we heard in 1 Peter 5:10, before He returns to make all things right. Until then, the words of Jesus ring in our ears: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Lk. 18:8).
 
During this year’s Advent series, we will explore several texts to help us “make ready.” As we preach through three passages from the gospels and two from the epistles, we will call each other to readiness using multiple genres, including parables, exhortations, and apocalyptic literature.
 
We also will sing Christmas songs new and old, many of which contain layers of anticipation for the coming return of Christ. “Joy to the World” is a perfect example:

 

Joy to the world, the Lord has come
Let earth receive her King
Let every heart prepare Him room
And heaven and nature sing, and heaven and nature sing
And heaven, and heaven and nature sing

 
That’s who we aspire to be: a church whose hearts are prepared to receive our King. May the Lord bless our Sunday morning worship gatherings, our December Life Group meetings, and our Christmas Café conversations to that end.
Six Opportunities for Advent Participation
 
Read and meditate on the scripture passage in advance of each Sunday’s sermon.
  • 12/1: Matthew 25:1-13
  • 12/8: Luke 12:35-48
  • 12/15: 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
  • 12/22: 2 Peter 3:1-13
  • 12/24: Matthew 1:18-25
 
Support Student Ministries by joining us at the Pancake Breakfast before service on 12/8.
 
Join us for fellowship at the Christmas Café after service on 12/8, 12/15, and 12/22.
 
Join us in a one-day fast on Wednesday 12/18 to earnestly pursue readiness for Christ’s return.
 
Join us for a candlelight Christmas Eve service at 5pm on 12/24.
 
Invite someone who doesn’t have a church home to come to service with you!