The Christmas season is one of celebration, memories, and tradition. Some people can't wait to spend extra amounts of time with family members they love. Some are painfully reminded of the loss they've experienced. Others are indifferent to any significant meaning and give themselves to shopping and consumption. All of us, though, will be tempted to rush through the month of December with more shopping, less daylight, and colder weather to find the new year upon us and another holiday come and gone.
Advent is a time to slow down and give ourselves to the difficult work of remembering and anticipating. The word "advent" comes from a Greek word that meant "presence" or "arrival." It's a time to remember the arrival of Jesus as a baby in a manger, His presence in our life everyday, and His promise that He'll come again and make everything right.
This Sunday we will begin celebrating Advent with our first week in a new series called "Sent One." We're spending three weeks in Galatians 4:4-7:
"But when the fullness of time has come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts crying, 'Abba! Father!' So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God."
Jesus is the Sent One from God who came at just the right time to save us. Join us as we celebrate this good news of great joy over the next three Sundays at 10:30 am, and finally for our candlelight Christmas Eve service at 4:00 pm.