Sunday, December 2nd, 2018 - 12:00 pm
by Dion Frasier
Optimism and hope are radically different attitudes.
In this Advent series, we will prepare hearts and mind to look forward to the second coming of Christ by exploring the incarnation (Christ’s first coming). Using the Lectionary texts, we join in with the Christian Church all over the world in preparing to celebrate the season of Christmas by observing Advent. We are waiting for his return. While we wait, we gather in faith and expectation for Christ to be revealed to the world. We wait for God "to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ."
We have just exited a brief season where we paused to give thanks. The calendar dictates that we now shift to the rush and rampant commercialism of the Christmas season. For centuries, the church has entertained a season of waiting called Advent. In Advent, we turn our attention to the glorious return of Christ. In this period prior to Christ’s return, we wait for… The Arrival.