Hope To The End ........... Holidays


O Come O Come Emmanuel

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

O Lord, How Shall I meet Thee ?


Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending ( Second Coming )

Prepare the Way of the Lord ( exhortation)


Season of ADVENT ( preparing our hearts for the coming of the Lord )

First Sunday of ADVENT http://www.predigten.uni-goettingen.de/archiv-9/061203-7-e.html

"Dear Father, we thank you for this special time of year and what it means to us. We thank you for keeping your promise to send a Savior -- and we thank you for the promise that He will come again. Amen."

"If you don’t believe in the Final Coming of Christ, then I suggest that you don’t really believe in the first coming of this True Child of God. They are inseparable as lightening and thunder. The parousia and the incarnation go together. If they are not inseparably linked in our faith, our Christmas activities are in danger of becoming a sentimental excursion into fantasy;


They have the hope in their hearts; they want what's coming.
But what if that's not you? What if you're unprepared?
What if you're caught partying when you should be serving?


Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston : ( with Editor insertions )
"Luke instructs us to be vigilant in apocalyptic times, because there is more to see than death and destruction. In the midst of the apocalypse, God dwells.
Ed: Jesus ] Christ is [ Ed: obtainable ] at the center of the chaos of this text. In this we can take comfort; we are not alone in the midst of the apocalypse. ....
The biblical images that we study at the beginning of Advent are included in our holy texts to give us hope-not hope based on ignoring the problems of the world, but [ a ] hope grounded in a God who stands in the midst of these times offering us all redemption.
In this, the clear assertion of Luke's Gospel is that while the powers of evil are real and terrible, they are not permanent. The only thing that endures to the very end is God's vision for humanity-a vision articulated by the prophets of old (curmudgeons like Jeremiah) who spoke words of justice, and peace, and
Ed: the physical return of Jesus to our earth for the ] restoration for the world.
.. this literature encourages us to be faithful in the midst of troubled times and places where God is already at work.
This is the snapshot that our liturgy would have us carry in our pockets this Advent. These texts provide us with pictures of those people who can clearly see the end of the world from where they are standing. In those pictures we can also see images of a
God who is with them" [
Ed: Emmanuel ] ;

Candle of Hope ... Coloring page for Children

Christ's Second Coming ... Coloring page for children


Scripture verses http://divinity.library.vanderbilt.edu/lectionary/CAdvent/cAdvent1.htm
Teaching http://www.mtsm.org/preaching/exegesis.htm

Second Sunday in Advent

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

It was John's job to tell of the One to come, the Messiah, the One who would send the Holy Spirit into those he baptized. One whose words and deeds would have even more impact than John's. One who would separate out or winnow the good from the bad, the fruit from the waste materials. One that John knew as friend and family, whom John had already come to respect and highly value, but didn't know as the One. The One was Jesus.

We still sit in darkness, but a dawn is breaking. The shadow of death still weighs heavy over our hearts, but a dawn is breaking. The days are surely coming when our feet will be shown the way of peace, when our mouths will sing a song of hope.
It is a challenging thing – to live with hope and still be realistic about the battered and bruised world in our midst. But this is what it means to be people of Advent. Constantly writing our songs of hope, so that they might be sung on that day when promises begin to bloom in fulfillment. Amen.

2nd Sunday of Advent : Season of Change

" Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God " --2 Peter 3: 8

Third Sunday in Advent
Zephaniah 3:14-20 ...................... Isaiah 12:2-6 ................. Philippians 4:4-7 ........................ Luke 3:7-18


So they went to Jesus and asked him John's question : "Are you Coming One?". Jesus told them, "see for yourselves!"
The evidence was all around them.

Advent is the season of coming. What John's followers saw was just a beginning, a sampling of what the coming of the Kingdom of God and the end of this-world-as-we-know-it would bring. Jesus' main course was yet to come, in all its ugly horror and overpowering glory. On this side of the death and rising of Christ, we are looking forward to the rest of it, to Christ's return, bringing with Him the full force of the Kingdom of God.
Christ is with us now, too, thanks to the Spirit, and we can live in the wonders of that till all is complete. So, even though Jesus has come, and is here, we still are waiting. Something's afoot, and we wait for it to come.

Fourth Sunday in Advent
Micah 5:2-5a .............. Luke 1:46b-55 ........... Psalm 80:1-7 ................. Hebrews 10:5-10 ................. Luke 1:39-45 (46-55)


Emmanuel -- God is with us 24 / 7 all year long ; each and every day

God is here with us now, helping us in the midst of our troubles
This story [ Gospel-Nativity ] should stir our hearts and
lead us to worship because of what the story means to our daily lives. 
The coming of Jesus into the world means,


O Come Let Us Adore Him

Salvation https://hopetotheend.com/sal.html