The Scripture Readings this week are:
- Isaiah 2:1-5
- Psalm 122 (VU p.845)
- Romans 13:11-14
The Sermon Title is Wake Up! Day is Near!
Early Thoughts: How can we tell when dawn is breaking? What will the day bring?
This week we begin the season of Advent. For the next four weeks we will preparing ourselves, spiritually, for the time when once again we will tell the story of God becoming a child, a baby in a manger.
As the church counts the years, the beginning of Advent is the beginning of a new year. And so the year begins with an announcement that the time has come, that light will come into the darkness, that hope is being born, that God is breaking into the world again.
Paul call us to wake from sleep. He then challenges us to live like we actually believe that day is near. What might that look like? What might it mean to put aside the things of the dark and embrace the peace, justice, hope, and promise of God's light?
There comes a time. The time is now. We have to stand up strong. We have to claim the other way of living. We have to embrace the dawn as we await the birth-cries of the promised child.
Let us start the walk to the manger together...