Valmiina juhlaan – Ready for the Christmas
Christmas carols start playing on radio channels already in November, and many families have bought gifts well before Christmas. Christmas is preceded by four Advent Sundays. Advent comes from the Latin word coming. The biblical texts of the Advent period speak of Christ’s coming in four senses: – God’s coming as a person in the child Jesus (the first coming of Christ) – Jesus’ coming as a fulfiller of promises in the midst of his people – Christ’s coming in the word and holy sacraments in the midst of the church and in the hearts of people – Christ’s coming as the Lord of all at the end of times (the second coming of Christ). (Church handbook/gospel book).
In the middle of the Christmas rush, it’s good to remember that we get to celebrate the birth of our Savior. It’s the real reason for Christmas. Jesus came into this world for people. One day, at the end of the times, he will come back as Lord of all. The congregation lives at the same time in anticipation of the coming of the Lord and already in the presence of God, in the company of the resurrected Savior who has conquered sin and death.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14 Niv
Welcome to the Advent and Christmas events in Emmaus!
May God Bless Your Christmas and New Year!
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