This week, Sara reminds us that Advent is not just about Jesus coming in the manger, what we refer to as the Incarnation, but also about Jesus coming again -- not in a judgmental way, but seeing it as our rescue moment where shalom finds its fullness. The worship journey for this week: "God is forming us into a people who see through the darkness into the light of the coming Kingdom." Sara shares two quotes from Fleming Rutledge: (1) "The disappointment, brokenness, suffering and pain that characterizes life in this present world is held in dynamic tension with the promise of future glory that is yet to come. In that Advent tension, the church lives its life." and (2) "Wherever people are willing to come out from the paralysis caused by fear and anger to active participation, there is the Advent spirit. Wherever there are voices in the darkness speaking out for light, there is the Advent hope. Wherever there are people willing to face danger for freedom, there is the Advent frontier. The work of God is located there." Luke 3:1-6; Philippians 1:3-11; Luke 1:68-79; Malachi 3:1-4.
December 9, 2018