Coming Days

First Sunday of Advent
Week of Sunday, December 2, 2018

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Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. The ancients anticipated a “righteous Branch to spring up for David.” The Thessalonians awaited “the coming of our Lord Jesus with all the saints.” Our Lord’s contemporaries hoped for the time “to stand before the Son of Man.” With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, a second coming, and the advent of our Lord in word and supper.

Readings and Psalm
Jeremiah 33:14-16
A righteous branch springing up from David
Psalm 25:1-10
To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. (Ps. 25:1)
1 Thessalonians 3:9-13
Strengthen hearts of holiness for the coming of the Lord
Luke 21:25-36
Be alert for the coming of the Son of Man