Advent: Anticipating the Coming of Christ by Derry Billingsley

advent-placeholder-imageAdvent is a time to prepare ourselves to hear again the message of the angels, to go to Bethlehem in our hearts and minds, and to see the babe lying in a manger.

It is a time to read and mark in Scripture the tale of the loving purposes of God from the first days of our disobedience to the glorious redemption brought us by God’s Son, and to sing of Christ’s birth with hymns and songs of praise.

The Sanctuary Choir will present an Advent Lessons and Carols Service on Sunday night, December 4 at 7:00 PM. Not only do the following Scriptures provide a framework for that evening, they may also be used in your quiet time this Advent as you prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Genesis 2:4-9, 15-3:15
God created the first man and woman to live in obedience in the Garden of Eden, but they rebel and are cast out.

Isaiah 11:1-9
The Spirit of the Lord will rest upon the Holy One.

Isaiah 40:1-11
God comforts his people and calls on them to prepare for redemption.

Isaiah 64:1-9
God is called to act and come upon us.

Isaiah 7:10-15
God promises that a child shall be conceived who shall be known as “God With Us.”

Micah 5:2-4
The One who is to rule Israel will be born in Bethlehem.

Zephaniah 3:14-18
The Lord will be among us; we are summoned to rejoice and sing.

Luke 1:26-38
The angel Gabriel announces to the virgin Mary that she will bear a Son of the Most High.

Advent begins Sunday, November 27.