Promises Made, Promises Kept: A Sunday Worship Series at Reformation for Advent
Advent is a season of preparation and anticipation, a season of remembering and longing for Christ. Let’s be completely honest – we aren’t very good at that. Don’t get me wrong – we love Christmas. Thanksgiving barely gets a nod of acknowledgement before Christmas’ pre-season shopping gives way to the full-tilt, game-on, regular season of Christmas shopping, while Christmas music is heard everywhere as the tree gets trimmed and the lights are strung and we’re drinking hot chocolate. But if we’re honest, how much of that is helping us or distracting us from remembering and longing for and preparing for and anticipating Jesus’ coming?
Advent prepares us for celebrating Christ’s first coming by helping us remember that at its core, Christmas is about God’s promises made and promises kept as we hear with joy the message of God making the promise and keeping the promise to be Immanuel – “God with us” – in the miracle of Jesus’ birth. Advent helps us focus on and long for Christ’s coming to us now in his Word and Sacrament as we remember that our promise-making, promise-keeping God, who would move heaven and earth to dwell among his people still comes to us today to dwell in us through faith. And Advent leads us to anticipate Christ’s keeping the promise he made to come again a second time, when he will return in glory to judge the living and the dead. All of these facets of the Advent season are captured in a single word that defines our Advent worship: “Come!” Come, Lord Jesus! Through the prayers, verses, and lessons, that single word is our invitation, our anticipation, our sure and certain hope on the basis of promises made and promises kept.
December 1 The Promise to Come and Give Us Hope
December 8 The Promise to Come and Give Us Peace
December 15 The Promise to Come and Give Us Joy
December 22 The Promise to Come and Give Us Love
Reformation Church Service Times
- Sundays at 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM
- Contemporary Worship services are held on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month at 10:30 AM.
- Kids4Christ and Bible Classes at 9:30 AM.
4670 Mt Abernathy Avenue
San Diego, CA 92117
Phone: (858) 279-3311