Time is ticking.
It may be hard to believe, but there are five Sundays until Christmas Eve.
This year Christmas Day lands on a Sunday, which means at 10:00 like other Sundays during the school year we will gather around word & sacrament.
Although I do have a rule about Christmas and only wearing pajamas – so you might see some grey pants with candy canes all over them sticking out of the bottom of my robe. One of our family traditions is having birthday cake for Jesus in the morning before opening our presents, so if you are up for a pajamas and robes morning with birthday cake – I hope you’ll consider taking time for worship Christmas morning. Christmas Eve will be celebratory with worship at 5:00 (lively and robust) and 10:30 (quiet and reflective) and singing on God’s Acre with the wider community in New Canaan.
But these are not the reasons I’m writing. Time is. It is time. Tic-Toc. Tic-Toc.
I know it is not even Thanksgiving yet – and I am not pushing for Christmas encroaching further and further into the fall as it does each year at the places we shop, but there is only one more Sunday until Advent. There are four Sundays in Advent. Then it is Christmas Eve. It is time. Tic-Toc. Tic-Toc.
I spent a little time (as I often do) looking through the bulletin covers for an upcoming block of time – this time Advent and Christmas – and read through the Bible passages assigned for those upcoming weeks in our lectionary.* Can you guess what common theme I discovered yet? Yep. Time.
Together we are going to discern time. I’m reading this book by Eric Swanson and Rick Rusaw called, The Eternally Focused Quest. The first chapter is about time and starts
with this quote, “The church must forever be asking, ‘what kind of day is today?
For no two days are alike in her history.” (David Smith, Mission After Christiandom, ix.)
Certainly there is more to Advent and these scripture passages than time, but for this year – I want to spend some time, some good time, thinking and pondering time – Our Time, God’s Time, the World’s Time, and how we fit in it, and along with us the coming baby
in the manger – the savior of the world.
So starting in Advent, our Sermon topics will center on time. Here are the Bible verses that form the basis of our time together this Advent – and will serve as the sermon titles for these coming weeks. All of these times are linked together – but each day will also stand alone if must be elsewhere. We’ll also continue our video ministry so you can catch up or share with others each week on YouTube. You can always find the link through our website http://www.stmichaelslutheran.org in the “St. Michael’s online” section or here on this blog under “featured sermons.”
But if it is possible, I hope your schedule can include the good time of what it means for us to be together – for a time. I also encourage you that this is a good time to invite your friends and neighbors to join us.
THE FULLNESS OF TIME – A SERMON SERIES FOR ADVENT & CHRISTMAS
November 27, Advent 1, “But about that day or hour no one knows” (Mark 13:32)
December 4, Advent 2, “The beginning of the good news” (Mark 1:1)
December 11, Advent 3, “To proclaim the Year of the Lord’s Favor” (Isaiah 61:2)
December 18, Advent 4, “In the sixth month” (Luke 1:26)
December 24, Christmas Eve, “Keeping watch over their flocks by night” (Luke 2:8)
December 25, Christmas Day, “But in these last days God has spoken to us by a son” (Hebrews 1:2)
January 1, New Year’s Day – The Name of Jesus, “When the fullness of time had come” (Galatians 4:4)
As time moves steadily on – know that in the fullness of God’s good time – in our comings and our goings – Christ is coming! He is coming at the right time – in each of our hearts and in this world. May your time, be spent in his.
*We currently use the Revised Common Lectionary, a three-year cycle of Bible readings featuring a reading from the Old Testament, a Psalm, a New Testament letter, and a passage from one of the Gospels. For a complete listing – page through the ELW hymnal’s front section under the heading “Propers,” pages 18-62.
P.S. I looked at January 8 – guess what the first Bible passage is? “In the beginning” (Genesis 1:1)!
“When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law.” (Galatians 4:4-5a)
Time is Ticking. What time is it for you?