The word, Advent, comes from the Latin word meaning "coming". Advent is a season observed in many Christian traditions as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the coming of God into the world. In the Hebrew scriptures, God’s people waited for the Messiah who finally came as a little baby in Bethlehem. Each year Christians wait for Christmas, the day of Jesus’ birth, and for the time when God will return to restore all creation to how God intended it to be.
During the season of Advent, we ask, what are you waiting for? We will direct this question in three directions—to God, to ourselves, and finally to us as First Mennonite Church. Each Sunday of Advent we will focus on a different aspect of waiting, and they are:
Advent 1 Waiting for PEACE
Advent 2 Waiting in HOPE
Advent 3 Waiting in JOY
Advent 4 Waiting in LOVE
The theme for the second Sunday of Advent is “Waiting in Hope.” As we wait for the coming of God into our world, you are encouraged to prepare by reflecting on the following scripture readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19; Romans 15:4-13; Matthew 3:1-12