First Sunday of Advent – The Candle of HOPE
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This means that hope must precede faith. Our faith in God revealed in Jesus is rooted and grounded on the deepest hopes of our hearts and minds. The dreams of a better world that stir our imagination. These are the dreams of Abraham and Sarah, the dreams of King David, the dreams of the prophets, the dreams of Joseph and Mary and the Shepherds and the Wise Men. These are the dreams of Jesus and the Apostles – the dreams of God’s kingdom manifest on earth as it is in heaven.
You and I, by virtue of our calling and baptism into Christ, are co-creators with God of bringing this dream to reality. This church exists so that we can hear the dreams of old, have our own imaginations stirred, and invite our neighbors to work alongside us for the healing of the nations – the way of God’s shalom.
As you enter into this Advent season, what are your dreams? What is your hope, of which your faith in God will be the assurance?
As a prayer for God’s fulfilling these hopes and dreams, we light the candle of Hope.
(The first purple candle is lit as the hymn is sung.)
Text (c) Ken G. Crawford 2016
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