Thursday, November 27, 2014

Advent Season Welcome

This is the welcome that visitors to Living Water Lutheran Church in Springboro, Ohio, will find in their worship bulletins during the upcoming Advent season, which begins this coming Sunday, November 30. Advent is a great time for people without church homes to find one. Wherever you live, I hope you'll find a church where you can hear God's Word and feel welcomed. To learn more about the Church Year, go here.
We welcome you to Living Water Lutheran Church in the Name of the God made known to all the world in Jesus Christ! We hope that while here, you feel welcomed and that as we worship God together, you are drawn closer to God.

We’re in that part of the Church Year called Advent. Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas, which always happens on December 25 and is the festival of Jesus’ birth to a virgin named Mary.

Advent is a time that remembers the expectant waiting of God’s people, the Hebrews or the Jews for the coming of the King, the Anointed One, promised centuries before the birth of Jesus. In the Hebrew language of God’s people, the title for that King is Messiah. In the Greek language in which the New Testament was written in the first century, that title is rendered as Christos, Christ.

Advent is also a time when we modern day Christians expectantly anticipate the coming of the crucified, risen, and ascended Christ Jesus to bring an end to this fallen universe and usher in with finality and perfection His new creation.

The word Advent comes from the Latin and means coming.

The color of the season is blue. With its connection in our imaginations to clear skies, blue suggests the hope that we have as those who trust in Jesus Christ as God, King, and Savior, knowing that through Him, we have a certain hope of eternity with God.

Once again, welcome and may God bless you! 

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