Sunday December 2 – First Sunday of Advent

Hark, the Glad Sound! (Verse 1) Hark, the glad sound! The Savior comes, the Savior promised long; let ev’ry heart prepare a throne and ev’ry voice a song.”
– Philip Doddridge, 1702–51

We announce the coming of the Messiah with this hymn. The season of Advent has begun. We prepare ourselves for the Savior’s birth in our lives. As we do so, we find ourselves—like the characters in the 1985 movie “Back to the Future”—in a time warp. God’s promises from the past now become a future that redefines our present. Even now, we can claim by faith the promises
of mercy and justice that the prophets of old declared: Valleys will be filled. Mountains and hills will be brought low. What is crooked within and around us will be made straight, and rough edges will be smoothed. Yes, even now, we can claim God’s promise of a new future amid whatever we are facing. Even now, our hearts can become a throne—a place or a dwelling—where the Messiah abides. Even now, our voice can start singing a new song.

O God, we claim by faith your promise of the Messiah, our Savior. Create in us a new heart and give us a new song amid everything that is happening in our lives. Amen

Advent Photo Challenge:  Take a picture each day during Advent and share on your social media platform of choice with #stpauladvent
Today’s picture inspiration: Hope