Advent…a time to Begin, Believe, and Belong

by Pastor Mark Jordan

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“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIV)

The season of Advent is upon us. We will begin marking the four Sundays of Advent in our worship gatherings tomorrow (9.30 & 11a), focusing on the power of hope, peace, joy, and love that comes to us at Christmas. Advent is a season of preparation, intentionally slowing us down in our rush to Christmas so we are ready to receive the glory of Jesus.

According to the Church calendar, Advent is officially the start of a new year. It might seem odd to wish folks a Happy New Year before we light candles and share in communion, but this is because of our focus on God sending us his one and only Son so all those who believe in him will be saved. As we embark on this holy journey together, I want us to revisit the vision statement for church at the well as we seek to be a place where you can…

  1. Begin your faith journey with Jesus, or begin it again if you wandered away at some point in your life;
  2. Believe that your life matters, and God wants you to use what makes you special to help others learn of his love; and
  3. Belong to God’s family as we all embark on a mission to help transform the world.

The purpose of church at the well is to connect people with God and each other, changing lives to change the world.

Christmas is the ultimate expression of God’s love, calling us home to him, so we can begin, believe, and belong to God and his family. The gift of Jesus changes everything, and it is worthy of our time, energy, and resources to slow down and prepare appropriately so when the times comes, we are ready to celebrate, and not just move on to the next big thing.

I hope you plan to join us as we observe Advent at church at the well this December. Our message series is entitles, Home for Christmas, and will help us focus on how we can come to know of the One who loved us all so much, he came to make his home on earth so we can have faith that he is making our home in heaven.

Come and join us…will you?

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for this holy time of year. Help me to experience your hope, peace, joy, and love so the true Light of the World may illuminate my life. I know you sent Jesus to make his home here on earth so my home in heaven can be made with you. I lift this prayer in his holy name. Amen.