This year at Christmas we are on a journey to Activate Advent. We begin with the word “hope.” What is hope? At the root of Christmas is hope. When the prophets of the Old Testament prophesied the coming of Messiah, they did so with hope.
Be ready this Sunday morning to explore the words of the Prophet Isaiah. Followers of the One, True God, living in the time between the Prophets and the birth of Jesus, lived in a constant state of expectation for the coming of Messiah—the advent of Christ. We, who believe in Jesus, in a similar way, must live in a state of readiness for His return—His second advent. This is our great hope! But what is hope? Is hope just wishful thinking? Not at all! Christian hope is simply “faith in waiting.”
Our Christmas celebration begins this weekend with two opportunities to enjoy a Christmas Concert with Meredith Andrews. Meredith will be with us on Saturday night and Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. The admission is free, but we invite you to bring a food item with you to bless InnerFaith Prison Ministry. As you participate in sharing food, you will be providing hope to the families of those who are incarcerated this Christmas season.
Finally, make sure you download the Activate Advent app. Devotional readings and family activities will be posted each day beginning tomorrow, December 1. This is going to be a wonderful tool to help your family “activate advent” in your lives.