Sunday, November 29, 2009

Advent 2009 - Week One!

It has come so soon!
Seems we have only just
celebrated the anniversary
of the birth of our Country
and now we begin the
celebration of the birth
of our Salvation.

Over the next four weeks
we will look forward...
as those long ago looked
forward to a Savior.
They were looking
in anticipation...
we are in an
attitude of gratitude!

Let's briefly contrast
the two perspectives
on the timeline:

Their Perspective:

Jeremiah 33:14-16

"The days are coming"
declares the Lord,
"When I will fulfill the
gracious promise I made
to the house of Israel
and to the house of Judah.
"In those days
and at that time
I will make a righteous
Branch sprout from
David's line;
He will do what
is just and right
in the land.
In those days Judah
will be saved and
Jerusalem will live
in safety.
This is the name
by which it will be called
The LORD our Righteousness."

Our Perspective of
thankfulness and joy
for a completed work:

I Peter 1:3,4

Praise be to the God
and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ!
In his great mercy
he has given us a new birth
into a living hope
through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead,
and into an inheritance
that can never perish,
spoil or fade -
kept in Heaven for you!

In our worship service this morning
we will then light the first
Advent Candle as we sing
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.

We eagerly look forward to
celebrating the Birth
of our Messiah!

Praying a very meaningful Advent
Season for you...



Gayla said...

I always used to light advent candles, and your post inspired me to come up with something/// Thanks.

Jacquelynne said...

Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel is one of my very favorite Christmas hymns, because it reminds me that God always keeps His promises.

Tracy said...

Wishing you a blessed and peaceful advent, Becky! :o) ((HUGS))

SmilingSally said...

I love celebrating the reason for the season.

Elena said...

Amen! I look forward to this wonderful celebraton of Jesus' birth.

Charm and Grace said...

What a beautiful post. I love that particular hymn and this verse that goes along with the first Sunday in Advent: Hope... "does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us." May your holidays be filled with Jesus!