WELCOME TO THE SEASON OF ADVENT
The Sunday right after Thanksgiving, starts a new Church year for the Lutheran Church, and brings us into the Season called Advent! The theme of the Advent Season is "The Lord is coming! Make sure you are prepared to meet Him!"
Of course during December, we prepare our hearts and our homes to meet the Lord when He came to our world for the first time as a precious child, born to Virgin Mary.
But we also prepare our hearts to meet Jesus when He comes to us through His Word to make us God's children. By His sacrifice on the cross, by His life and death for us, He has won salvation for us, and now welcomes us into God's family.
But the season of Advent also encourages us to be prepared to meet Jesus when He comes the second time at the end of the world. For when He comes that time, He will not come as a humble child, or a lowly preacher, who sacrifices Himself for His people. He will come as the King of kings and Lord of lords, and as the judge of the universe. On that day, every person will stand before God, and will be held accountable for the deeds they've done during their lifetime. Those who believe in Jesus, will receive God's forgiveness, God's love and the promise of eternal life in Heaven. Those who do not believe in Jesus will receive God's punishment for eternity.
Since we do not know when the end of the world will come, or when the end of our own personal world will come, Jesus encourages us to believe in Him now, and be saved.
As you prepare for Christmas with shopping, and baking, and decorating your homes, remember to prepare your hearts for Christ's coming with worship and praise, and faith. With that spirit, we invite you to join us, and worship with us, as we heed the message of Advent, and prepare our hearts to meet Jesus.