Sunday, December 2, 2012

Advent 2012 Begins Today



From Rev. Anthony R. Voltattorni...
It's been said before but it's worth repeating: Advent is not pre-Christmas. It’s not a time of finding good sales and decorating the house and singing commercialized Christmas cheer. It is rather a time of darkness, a time of longing. That’s why I love the season dearly, because Advent is real.
Click here to read all of Pastor Voltattorni's Advent Delivers Christ blog post.

12/2/12 11:30 pm Update: Just had to leave you with part of our Pastor's sermon from today below...
Remember that I said that triumphant cheer was given and taught to us by God in Psalm 118? Well, so is the truth that the only way of reconciliation with God and the breath of new life is by faith in Christ our King and His full and complete sacrifice for our sins. That’s the story it takes us a year to tell in detail, but is behind every detail whether it be our Advent anticipation, our Christmas solemn wonder, our Epiphany enlightenment, our Lenten repentance, our Easter joy or our Pentecost growth and witness. This saving faith is the creation not of your own momentary enthusiasm or subjective good feelings, but this faith in the objective truth of God’s grace to and for you is itself the creation of God the Holy Spirit when and where He wills in those who hear the gospel - in those who hear the gospel! So even when you don’t feel like shouting, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord,” still, you know better. The Word of God, the gospel of Christ, enters your ears over and over again and enlivens your heart and enlightens your mind sometimes to quiet joy and silent confidence and sometimes to the loud praise of God in words of praise He Himself has given: Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna! Save us now! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!

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