Why are we Waiting?
Advent 1-A Promise
The Christmas festival is symbolized by light, a light shining in darkness and the coming of hope. The story of the coming of Christ is a vehicle, a carrier of hope for us all to feed our spirits and our imaginations. We like the church throughout the world, are waiting for the coming Christ. The message of hope runs like a golden thread through the story of Gods people focused on the hope of the Messiah, the one who will come to deliver the people. Prepare the Way!
Read Isaiah 2v1-5.
Advent 2- Prophets
The Old Testament prophets spoke of a return to God. The message is still true today. When God’s people wander away from their true calling, and forget the plight of others, they become aimless and empty, and their souls are not fed. Only real love can satisfy the hungry soul, and so Gods prophets cry in the emptiness and chaos, because in their hearts is a dream which refuses to die.. Today this message challenges us to live lives according to gospel values rather than those of the consumer capitalism that surrounds us. Prepare the Way!
Read Isaiah 11v1-10
Advent 3-A Messenger
The angel Gabriel comes to Zechariah with a message of hope. His son John the Baptist caused the powerful to quake with fear, because their power was held by force, but God’s message is that God is here, peace in our lives, in our world, is possible. Turn back to God! Prepare the Way!
Read Mark 1v1-8
Advent 4-A Baby!
God sent his messenger Gabriel not to a palace but to a young girl from the north. She was to fulfill the prophecies of the prophets and to change history forever. God came to live on earth and to turn the world upside down. The gospel has always been about raising up those without power and they are still with us. The church is called to be a voice for the voiceless. Prepare the Way!
Read Luke 1v26-38
Christmas-Shepherds and Kings!.
How many of us have given up hope? Stopped praying for miracles, for healing both physical and emotional, for healing of broken painful relationships, for change. How many of us face seemingly difficult and hopeless situations at this Advent time? Situations that perhaps only you know of, and yet the message of God to us is one of hope whatever our situation.
Read Matthew 1v18-25.