"Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors! That the King of glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors! That the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory." Psalm 24:7-10
The longer I live the more I realize how much I need God every day, and the hope only God can bring. The more I see and hear of chaos, hurt, torment, and oppression I am reminded how much the world needs God and the hope only God can bring. The above Psalm, written thousands of years ago for God's people, was a reminder to lift up your heads, look to the one who is coming to deliver God's people and coming to conquer the chaos and darkness of this world.
This time of year, many of us have already decorated for Christmas day as we anticipate celebrating the birth of Jesus, the hope of the world. This December, I would encourage us all to not miss the significance of the Advent season. Advent is a season of four weeks, including four Sundays. Advent is a time in the life of the church to proclaim the coming of Jesus to a chaotic, hurting, tormenting, and oppressed world. During Advent we will be reminded to prepare for celebrating Jesus' birth for another year, but even more so we will be reminded that Jesus comes to all people daily through His Word and Spirit, and this same Jesus will return again in final victory - conquering the chaos, hurt, torment, and oppression of evil in the world.
This Advent at Grace UMC, we will begin a sermon series on Sunday, December 1 and conclude on December 24 at our 4:30PM Christmas Eve service. The sermon series is entitled What are We Waiting for? In each of our lives, whether seemingly great or small, we are waiting for something. At the center of our being and all that we are, we are waiting for hope, light and salvation that has come, comes, and is coming through Jesus Christ, our LORD. This Advent I encourage us all to lift up our heads, to experience the King of glory that has come, comes to us daily, and is coming again. I hope you will take time to read the passages below before each Sunday service and before the Christmas Eve service. After all, what are we waiting for?
- December 1- Matthew 24:36-44December 8- Romans 15:4-13December 15- Matthew 11:2-11December 22- Matthew 1:18-25December 24- Luke 2:1-20