The days are getting shorter, colder, darker. Winter is coming. This is the season of advent in the Christian calendar. Advent means to come or to arrive. It is in this time of year that we focus our anticipation on the coming of the Christ child. Not so much by retelling the Christmas story, that will come, but by confessing our hope in Christ and our anticipation of his coming.
This Sunday marks the beginning of the new year in the Christian Calendar. In the coming year, which is the second year in the lectionary cycle of three years, we will focus heavily on the gospel of Mark. The gospel scripture this week is Mark 13:24-37. Jesus teaches them: “Stay awake!… And what I say to you I say to all: Watch” (Mark 13:33, 37)
This Sunday in the Community of Christ, when things seem to be at their darkest, we offer a message of Hope for the Advent season: “God Come Among Us.” You are invited to join us online for our 10 AM worship via zoom. The prelude begins at 9:50 AM with a service of worship led this week by our Jefferson, Iowa Congregation. Come As You Are. All Are Welcome. Proclaim hope as we extend the invitation: “God Come Among Us.”