As a child Advent was all about the Advent calendars and the countdown to Christmas, the waiting for the presents under the Christmas Tree. As I grew up I realised that it wasn’t just about the birth of Jesus or the bright lights on the tree or even the presents we exchange. The word Advent is derived from the Latin word adventus, which means coming and is a reminder of Jesus’ coming 2 thousand or so years ago and his future coming. Jesus came all those years ago to open a new bridge between us and God to give us a new conduit to hear God’s word. Over the course of Advent 2017 4 of our ministers are going to explore in brief reflections a series of bible passages that describe the reasons for Jesus to come into the world. On each of the four Sunday’s of advent a new article will be published exploring this theme and the related bible readings, or word of God.
The theme for the month remind me of the hymn “Hark, the glad sound! the Saviour comes”, the verses follow the same pattern. In verse two “the prisoners to free”, in three “gives light that makes them whole”, in four “the broken heart to bind” and again in four “to enrich the humble poor”. Join us as we explore the coming of the Lord Jesus and you are all welcome to join your local church in this season of coming.
- Coming to Execute Justice, Isaiah 25:6-26:6
- Coming to Forgive Sins, Ephesians 1:3-14
- Coming to Renew Love, 1 John 4:13-16
- Coming to Feed the Hungry, John 6:50-51
The theme and readings are taken from the Faith and Worship website.