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Are you ready? Christmas is right around the corner! There's so much to do.
Advent is about preparing for the coming again of Christ and celebrating his birth.
The Christ we are preparing for is the one who was Mary's son, Jesus, born in a manger. He lived with Joseph and Mary as refugees in Egypt because Herod wanted him dead.
The Christ we are preparing for is the one who was baptized by John. He fasted and prayed in the wilderness for forty days. He healed the sick, fed the hungry, and ate with sinners.
The Christ we are waiting for was accused, tried, and convicted as a common criminal. He was condemned and crucified.
The body of the One we are preparing for was laid in a borrowed grave. But death could not keep him. On the third day the women went to his grave to anoint his body. They found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. The risen Christ greeted the women and told them to go and tell his disciples that he is alive.
The One we are preparing for is the crucified and risen Jesus Christ. This is what Jesus is talking about in the gospel lesson for the first Sunday of Advent when he said, "Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory” (Luke 21: 27). Are we ready for his coming?
How do we prepare for the coming of the Risen Christ? The short answer is we remember we are baptized and pursue holiness of heart and life. By this I mean we obey Jesus’ teachings (summarized in Matthew 22: 37-40).
With God's help, we renounce the spiritual forces of wickedness, reject the evil powers of this world, and repent of our sin. We do no harm and avoid evil of every kind, especially that which is generally practiced.
With God's help, we accept the freedom and power God gives us to resist evil, injustice, and oppression in whatever forms they present themselves. We strive to do good by acting mercifully to all people, especially the poor, people who are sick, homeless, prisoners, lonely, and outcasts. As Christians, we are called by Christ to be friends with the poor, vulnerable, and voiceless people of the world.
With God's help, we confess Jesus Christ as our Savior, put our whole trust in his grace, and promise to serve him as Lord, in union with the church. Our hearts are opened to receive the grace we need to live this life because we are people who worship, we are fed by the Lord’s Supper, we pray and search the Scriptures daily.
With God's help we serve as Christ's representatives in the world. We witness to Jesus Christ in the world and follow his teachings through acts of compassion, justice, worship, and devotion under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Advent is time for the church to remember we are an eschatological people. We are a people who look with hope for the coming the risen Christ who is Lord and Ruler of the universe. The church calendar begins by looking to the future and coming fulfilment of God’s kingdomon earth as it is in heaven. As we prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth it’s good to remember who he is and who he calls and equips us to be. That’s why Advent is a good time to remember we are baptized and recommit ourselves to living as citizens of God’s kingdom.
Join us at Trinity for Christmas Eve Celebrations- Monday, Dec. 24
4:30pm - Children's Nativity. Geared toward families with young children, an interactive worship time of storytelling, play, and singing.
7pm - Contemporary Christmas Celebration. An upbeat and intimate service featuring the Praise Team and the Children's Choir.
8pm - Home For the Holidays. Gather for goodies in the church Parlor for this festive time of reconnecting with friends and family.
9:30pm - Lessons and Carols. A traditional service which tells the story of Christmas through scripture readings interspersed with beautiful choral music. Featuring the Chancel Choir, Trinity Ringers, and special guest harpist.