‘Lo, he comes with clouds descending’ is a terrifying but also comforting image, and in it we have the dichotomy of judgement. As Advent begins, and we reflect on the coming of the Kingdom, we are invited to dread judgement, yet also to welcome it.
For some of Jesus’s hearers such judgement seemed imminent, yet we wait still for the Second Coming, wondering what it will be like, if it happens at all. Jesus uses a familiar image – the fruiting of the fig tree – to root his prophecy in the here and now and in his hearer’s experience.
That it has not happened yet does not mean that it will not.
As we look for His coming in glory, let us walk in the light of the Lord! Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light our Advent candles week by week. May their light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us to salvation.
Sunday 9th December 9:30 am
The Second Sunday of Advent
As we look for His coming in glory, let us walk in the light of the Lord!
Lord God, let your blessing come upon us as we light our Advent candles week by week.
May their light be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us to salvation.
As the joyful time of Christmas draws near, let us come together to share our sense of anticipation and awe.
Let us seek ways of deepening and enriching our worship and prayer, remembering also that Christ will come again.
Let us make sure we are on watch and ready.
The promise of Advent is about to be fulfilled, the waiting almost over for another year, for Mary, and for us.
It must have been a relief for Mary to have Elizabeth to talk to because she would understand about angelic visits – she’d had one herself!
God’s provision for those who serve him is always there and often unexpected.
Since the beginning, God has spoken — through the beauty of creation, through the example of the prophets, through God’s journey with his people.
In Jesus, God’s eternal Word became life, became for us our peace and joy, good news and salvation.
Let us come together to worship the one who spoke the Word, our God, the Father of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We come together to worship God on this special day, and to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Son and Word of God, who speaks to us of God’s glory and peace and love now and for ever.
Let us greet one another in remembrance of the Word with us, and with the peace which passes all understanding.