Today, across the world, Christians are celebrating the first Sunday of Advent. Advent comes from the Latin word, adventus, which means “coming.” So, whose coming are we celebrating? The period of preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas and also of preparation for the Second Coming of Christ.
Our Advent Prayer and Worship Service was a time to prepare our hearts and minds to welcome Christ into our lives this season. Amidst the fun, busyness, loneliness, family gatherings, and the joy of Christmas morning, we celebrate this truth: The Light of the world has come, is come, and will come again.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” – Luke 2:8-14