Epworth United Methodist Church
Friday, December 13, 2013
Waiting for God
The icy conditions kept many at home the first Sunday of Advent. I am thankful for the emergency responders who came to the aide of the dozens and dozens of drivers who were affected by the weather. We had a lovely communion service. Our theme was hope – hope that does not disappoint us. The sermon will be on the website soon, if you care to catch up.
This is the time of year when the church and the followers of Jesus are at odds with our culture and the world around us. In the stores, on the streets, on T.V., it’s Christmas already – it has been Christmas now since October. Our calendars are already filled with activities for the season. Lists are being made and stress is mounting. More, bigger, better, costlier – these seem to be the themes for Christmas in our culture.
But in the church, it’s not Christmas – not yet. For us, it’s Advent. Advent is a season of hope and expectation and longing. In the church we have learned and are still learning to wait, to be patient. The Christmas story is so familiar to us that we may think we know what’s coming. And in some sense, we do. But Advent reminds us that we are also waiting for something life changing to happen. No matter what our age, God has gifts to give us. Can we slow down and recover our need for God’s gifts?
I hope that our worship services and your own personal devotions (including the e-devotions that are coming to your inbox daily) can help us to recover a sense of waiting for God, the God who is coming to us – Emmanuel, which means “God with us.”