Advent Week Two: Peace

Today is the second Sunday of the season of Advent. As we shared last week, our word advent is based on an ancient Latin word which means the arrival of a notable person or thing. During this advent season we celebrate the emanate arrival of the most notable person to ever enter the world, Jesus Christ. Jesus is Immanuel, which means, God with us. In the person of Jesus God took on flesh and entered into the world so we could each know and experience relationship with him.

Jesus brought four gifts with him into the world. He brought with him hope, peace, joy, and love. We celebrate remember and celebrate these gifts with the lighting of each of these four candles. Last week we lit the candle of hope. Today we light the second candle as we celebrate the advent of Jesus’ peace.

May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all. —2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV Strong’s)

Advent Week One: Hope

Today is the first Sunday of the season of Advent. Our word advent is based on an ancient Latin word which means the arrival of a notable person or thing. As we gather over the next four Sundays we will celebrate the emanate arrival of the most notable person to ever enter the world, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the most notable because he is Immanuel, which means, God with us. In the person of Jesus God took on flesh and entered into the world so we could each know and experience relationship with him.

Although Jesus entered this world as a baby he did not come empty handed. He brought with him a hope, a peace, a joy and a love the world had never known. It is that hope, that peace, that joy, and that love that we celebrate with the lighting of each of these four candles. Today we light the first candle as we celebrate the advent of Jesus’ hope.