Advent is the season of preparation for Christmas, but it is an active watching and waiting for the arrival of Christ in our world and in our lives in a new way. We read these passages pointing to the day of judgment and Christ’s return to remind us that we are still actively waiting, alert and awake.
Because of the Nativity story, that Christ came to us in a completely unexpected way as a newborn child, so in these days we must be ready for Christ to enter our world, our lives, and our hearts in an unexpected way. How do we live faithfully in times when our faith might be tested?
When the world isn’t as we hoped it would be? Where can we find signs of God’s faithfulness in our lives, in the world around us?
A prayer for God to come and display God’s might as in the past. Also, a confession that, while God welcomes those who do good, God’s people have not done good, and have failed to confess. Finally, a plea for God’s forgiveness.
Jesus speaks about the signs of his coming – darkened sun and moon and fallen stars – and encourages his followers to watch the signs and be alert. Then he tells a story about a man who goes on a long trip, leaving his servants with work to do, and telling the gatekeeper to keep watch for his return. In the same way we are to keep watch for we don’t know when the Master will return.
Prayer of Brokenness
Help us to pay attention to the many ways in which you enrich our lives, O God. It has become far too easy for us to focus on the negative – we seem trapped in its spidery strands. On Sunday we will celebrate the beginning of the season of Advent – the coming of the Holy One.
But before we can begin the celebration we have to acknowledge where we have fallen short. We need to change our attitudes of defiance to visions of cooperation. Be with our families, friends, and neighbors who suffer from illness, sorrow, alienation, marginalization, abuse, and fear. Bring healing and peace to their lives and their souls. Be with our families, friends, and neighbors who are experiencing great joy and happiness. May their spirits rejoice in all these good moments and in your great gifts. We offer this prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Christian Formation Hour on ZOOM at 8:45am -” The Color of Compromise”
Children’s Hour on ZOOM at 9:15am
Worship Online at 10:00am /Service of Holy Communion
Lombard Villa Park Food Pantry
Toy Shop Volunteers & Toys Needed
The Food Pantry will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for ages
newborn to 2 and 8-12 unisex from now until December 10th when toys will be sorted.
If you would like to donate, you may drop off the toy(s) in the church office. Tuesday or Thursday 8:30 to 12:30, please call ahead! We are still following strictly the Covid19 protocols!! If these times do not work for you, call and we will arrange another time for you.