Advent, Quiet, & This Sunday

Hello Church!

This Sunday we’re going to begin gathered worship a bit differently. In quiet reflection. This Sunday marks the 3rd Sunday of Advent, and as you know Advent is a time of reflection, waiting, anticipation, longing for Christ’s return as we remember his first coming. It’s living in the already, but not yet of redemption. Already Christ has come and accomplished our redemption! We have been freed from the penalty and are being freed from the power of sin! But not yet has he returned to complete our redemption. And when he does we and all of creation will be finally and fully be freed from the presence of sin and death! (You just might want to read about it here and here.) This Sunday we are setting aside some special time to gaze at the mystery of Christ–God in a manger, God on the cross, God returning to bring us home. Here’s what you need to know for Sunday…

  • This Sunday gathered worship will begin promptly at 9AM. Please come a little early.
  • We will meet in the gathering place together, but in quiet reflection. The ushers will greet you in the entryway and ask that you enter the gathering place quietly.
  • When seated, you may want to reflect on the prayers and readings that will be projected. Or you may want to use that time to pray, meditate on Scripture or to be silent before our Lord.
  • And just like any other week, consider preparing your hearts and minds for gathered worship the night before.

Until then, here’s a wonderful quote to chew on.

“If we could condense all the truths of Christmas into only three words, these would be the words: “God with us.” We tend to focus our attention at Christmas on the infancy of Christ. The greater truth of the holiday is His deity. More astonishing than a baby in the manger is the truth that this promised baby is the omnipotent Creator of the heavens and the earth!” –John F. MacArthur, Jr.

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