Advent Begins!

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer
Our spirits by Thine advent here;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

O Come, O Come Emmanuel!  Advent is my favorite season of the church year.  It is a season of expectation, of preparation, of looking and waiting.  Yes the Christmas Season is the big event in celebration of Christ’s birth.  But I love the time we spend at home and church getting ready for His coming.

Advent is both preparation for the first Advent and also the second Advent of Christ.  So while we prepare to think of Christ’s birth we also anticipate His return.  We anticipate the day when Christ will reign and all God’s promises will be fulfilled.

As we wait we will decorate the church and our homes.  We will sing, pray, and watch for the coming of our Savior.  And as we wait God will “disperse the gloomy clouds of night.”

Tomorrow morning in preparation for Christ’s coming we will light the first of four blue Advent candles in each of our worship services at First United Methodist Church marking each Sunday in Advent.  Blue is the color of hopefulness, it is also the color most often associated with Jesus’ mother Mary. It is a time to be excited about God’s work in our lives, God’s plans for our future, and the hope of the gospel both in Christ’s first and second advents.

Behold he comes
Riding on a cloud
Shining like the sun
At the trumpet’s call
Lift your voice
It’s the year of jubilee
Out of Zion’s hill salvation

(Donnie McClurkin – Days Of Elijah)