The wonderful season of Advent is upon us, friends.
“Advent” means a “coming” or “visitation.” That is exactly what we, as followers of Christ, are waiting for. This waiting frames our experience as Christians in the holy season of Advent. This practice of waiting for things of ultimate concern helps us prioritize life in an age obsessed with the temporality of the now and the new. This is truer in the month of December than in any other month, for our culture’s conception of these Holidays (Holy-days) is largely focused around what one will buy or be given. The Christian conception of this season begins with the realization that what, or who, we really want and need cannot be bought and is not “just a click away,” but must be waited for with patience, submitting to God’s timing, embracing our limits and finitude.
During this season, we rehearse the dramatic plot of scripture, going back in time to revisit the story of God’s creation of the world, its devastating Fall into sin and misery, and His plan to “visit and redeem” his people in the Messiah. In doing so, we find our place within God’s story as a people living in the already and the not yet. We know the Messiah, we know where the Story is going, and so we acutely know how unfinished it really is. So we look and love into a world with a holy impatience, wanting our hearts to mirror the King’s and longing for the earth to mirror His Kingdom.
Our hope is that you join us in this observance of such a wonderful season, where we’ll look at what the advent of Christ — both the first and the last — means for God’s people. It’s the reason we sing songs that say this:
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!
We will spend the four Sundays of Advent focusing on the traditional themes of Hope, Peace, Joy, and Lov. Our banner text will be Romans 5:1-5, and the weeks are noted this way:
WK1: Hope Amidst a Broken World
WK2: Peace Amidst a Broken World
WK3: Joy Amidst a Broken World
WK4: Love Amidst a Broken World
And to help you additionally focus on Advent on Sundays and beyond, we have a few options:
- Redemption Kids will provide a family resource that will help you guide your family through the Advent season, with devotionals, family coloring pages, and ornaments you can make together.
- Many of your Redemption Community [RC] leaders will walk through our Advent Community Discussion Guides.
- And finally, we feel you would benefit in engaging with our new 30-Day Prayer Guide, which can be downloaded for free HERE. You’ll find morning and evening prayers for the month, with the last week focusing on the person of Jesus, our long-awaited Savior.
May you experience the wonder of the good news of this Advent season, and look ahead with eager expectation for the Advent to come.