Sunday, November 29, 2020


Luke 21: 25-36

25 "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.  26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  27 Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory.  28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."  29 Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees;  30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.  31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.  32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.  33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  34 "Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly,  35 like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth.  36 Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man."

 

Sunday Sermon, Pastor Jeri Fields

THE SEASON OF ADVENT BEGINS

The first Sunday after Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the new church calendar, the beginning of the Advent season. Advent, which means coming or arrival has a two-fold understanding for us. Not only do we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world as a baby, but we look with hope and anticipation to his coming again. Behold! God is doing something new. The old will pass away.

Sunday’s text for the first Sunday of Advent is Luke 21:25-26, a passage with an emphasis on final things, on eschatology. For some, thinking about final things is frightening. But for us who are Christians, eschatology serves to remind us  that this world isn’t our home and to look beyond what is presently happening and to look towards heaven, where we will be with Christ and His people forever and always.

Eschatology is an important concept to think about because how the people of God understand eschatology impacts how they live their lives and what to expect to occur in the unfolding plan of God in the Word of God, in Jesus the Christ. And so as we await the arrival of Jesus, we are reminded to be on guard, to be alert, to think about how we are living as we await the return of Jesus.

This week, the first candle of the Advent wreath will shine brightly with the expectant hope for the establishment of God’s justice and the return of the Prince of Peace. Come, Lord Jesus, come!

 

The Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

Children's Message: First Sunday of Advent

Musical Selections from Our Worship Ministry

All In All

APC Worship Team

Shout to the Lord

APC Wroship Team

Organ: Holy, Holy, Holy

Karen Pino

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

2 Corinthians 13:13

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