The Great Promise

Sermon Summary for Sunday, November 27th, 2016 | Respectfully Submitted by Floyd Braid

The first Sunday of Advent marks the first change in seasons of the church liturgical calendar.  Colors change, music changes, and schedules change as the community prepares spiritually for reflection and celebrations that come with the Advent season.  Unfortunately, in all the “preparation” and busyness that often swallows up most of this season, we often lose sight of what we are called to do by the scripture:  “Wait.”  Just wait, with anticipation of the coming of the Messiah.  It is this waiting that we have struggled with for over 2,000 years.  No one likes to wait in line or at a long light.  We have things to do and in this culture, for some reason, we must do it fast.  There is no short cut or express pass to the “Great Promise” Christians have been waiting for for centuries.  The season of Advent should remind and reconnect us to the act of waiting and how that waiting connects us to Christians throughout history.  The Great Promise is simple and powerful:  the messiah will come again.