We’re in the midst of ADVENT, a special season of waiting and hope, centered on Christ.
This is Epiphany Sunday. Why ‘Epiphany?’ It’s a celebration of the time when the star in the east appeared to the magi (wise men), and they journeyed to appear to the newborn King, who recently appeared from Heaven.
Epiphany is appearance, and God made His presence known in the birth of the God-Child Jesus.
Message title: The Longing
Advent, week 6 (Epiphany Sunday; 2nd week of Christmas)
Scriptures: Matthew 2:1-12
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
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All through the six weeks of Advent, we’re following an intentional guide, The Advent Catechism, created for learners of all ages.
Advent Catechism, week 6:
The birth announcement of Jesus changed everything; history was interrupted.
As news spread of the birth of Messiah, many traveled to worship the Promised King.
Some 30 years later, before returning to be with the Father, Jesus fulfilled everything necessary for humanity’s rescue.
Jesus is with us, but now we long to be with Him in His glory.
In celebration, preparation, and humble anticipation, we wait.
Scripture readings: Matthew 2:1-12; Romans 8:18-25
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing
with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the
revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but
because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its
bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we
know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until
now. And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first-fruits of the Spirit, groan
inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this
hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?
But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
This year we each of us are invited on an adventure to look up and love God first. What will be your plan to develop a new rhythm of seeking God each day? » Find some help here.