This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. Advent is a season of preparation, a season of waiting for Christ’s coming. But waiting on Christ isn’t the “twiddling our thumbs” kind of waiting. Waiting on Christ is active and attentive. The spiritual Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning captures the feel of waiting with purpose:
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning; keep your lamps trimmed and burning;
Keep your lamps trimmed and burning, for the time is drawing nigh.
Children, don’t grow weary; children don’t grow weary;
children, don’t grow weary, for the time is drawing nigh.
When we keep our lamps trimmed and burning, we’re doing the important work of shining light in the darkness, being attentive, and preparing. There are some things that in our waiting on Christ just can’t wait. (And I’m not talking about the holiday stresses of decorating, and shopping, and baking . . . ) This season, we explore What Can’t Wait?
On this first Sunday of Advent we worship around the theme Hope Can’t Wait. We’ll encounter a beautiful passage from the prophet Isaiah that reminds us that God is seeking to bring us home to a kingdom where peace reigns. But in that passage are some actions for us as well. We are called to worship and to beat our swords into plowshares. Even in our waiting, there are ways to actively live into hope.
Scripture: Isaiah 2:1-5
Sermon: “Hope with Help”
You may learn more about our Advent series here. I look forward in sharing in this sacred season with you.