Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. We all know the seasons of the year. But do you know about the Church Year and its seasons? This is the annual cycle of seasons and days observed by many Christians in commemoration of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus and the spread of the Gospel all over the world. It is a way to use the passing of time to tell the story of Redemption.
Advent, which begins this Sunday, is the first of the six seasons of the Church Year. It comes from the Latin adventus, which means “coming or arrival.” It is a time of anticipation and preparation observed during the weeks of the four Sundays prior to Christmas Day. Much of the American consumer culture began decorating for Christmas right after Halloween. However, before the Church celebrates Jesus’ birth, we take time to consider our need for God to come to our rescue. We remember his great promises to save us from sin and death. And we anticipate the fulfillment of his other promises regarding the return of Christ. Wreaths are often made with four candles in them to light in succession over the four Sundays in Advent as a demonstration of our anticipation of the light of the world coming fully into the world. We reflect on themes of waiting and longing and we marvel at how God transforms us even as we wait. All of this is intended to lead us into worship.
Advent. Jesus is coming. This Sunday we will begin a 4 week sermon series at City Church on worship called “For All God’s Worth.” After all, the best preparation for worshipping Jesus when he comes is worshipping him now.