Sunday, December 3, 2017

A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli at Foundry UMC December 3, 2017, the first Sunday of Advent.


Texts: Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13:24-37


Today we begin a new Christian year. Just as there is a unique Chinese calendar and Jewish calendar (and many others across cultures), the Christian community has its own cycle of seasons to give shape and meaning to time and to delineate days of special celebration and remembrance. Advent is the first season—the entry point—of the Christian year and is a time of preparation for the great feast of the Incarnation, what we commonly call Christmas. Advent includes simple practices—like the lighting of candles and the use of sacred symbols like evergreens, circular wreaths, stars, and the like—to s [...]