Josh looks at passages in Isaiah 2 and Matthew 24 that point to times in the future, but they also are pointing to the present and inviting us to take part in what Jesus is working towards fulfillment. At the start of the Advent season, we are encouraged to "stay awake" to what Jesus is calling us to. He is not trying to scare us into right-living or making a one-time decision that protects us individually. To "stay awake" looks like putting on Christ, saying "yes" to Jesus, remaining present in what's really happening around us, understanding that true intimacy comes from our identity in Christ, and following the example of Christ in our encounters with power and the powerless. The worship journey for this week: "Awake to God." Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 24:36-44; Romans 13:11-14.
Josh shared a prayer from the Daily Lectio app: "Unexpected God -- Your advent alarms us. Wake us from drowsy worship, from the sleep that neglects love, and the sedative of misdirected frenzy. Awaken us now to Your coming, and bend our angers into Your peace. Amen."