We are entering a new church year and the season of Advent. Advent means "coming," and we consider two "comings" of Jesus. Naturally, we think of his coming at Christmas. The deadline is on the calendar already -- just a few short weeks away! But we especially think of Jesus' second coming when he will deliver us from all evil and bring us into his glorious, perfect, peaceful, everlasting kingdom. The joy Jesus brought at his first coming makes us yearn for his second coming. He has taken away our sins and has, therefore, prepared us for his kingdom.
As we await the coming of our Lord, we prepare. We keep watch. We wait with prayer and humility.
We will also use this Advent season to slow down for a moment on Wednesday evenings for vespers. December is hectic enough. Vespers lets us meditate, pray, and focus on Christ.
This year's Advent Vespers has the theme: "CHRIST'S OFFICES FORETOLD." These offices are foretold in the Old Testament. They were foreshadowed by some, but they are ultimately fulfilled by Jesus. The offices of Christ are ...
... Foretold As Prophet. (December 4)
... Foretold As High Priest. (December 11)
... Foretold As King. (December 18)
A supper will be served at 6:00 PM.
Vespers begins at 7:00 PM.