Advent Sermon Series
The Habits of Readiness. "Christ will come again." This phrase from the Memorial Acclamation should both excite and frighten people. For those who know how good our Lord is, the thought of his return brings excitement. For others, the thought is less than pleasant. Thankfully, the Good News of Scripture gives us lots of instructions of how to be ready and excited for Christ's return. Salvation belongs to our God. It is by grace that we are saved. And it is also a work of grace that we are sanctified. Our Lord expects his people to continue growing in his grace. This is where habits of readiness are essential. The four weeks of Advent are all about readiness for our Lord's coming, in celebration of his first coming and expectation of his second coming.
We invite you to pick up a Scripture bookmark to follow along in the new Book of Common Prayer this Advent to either strengthen your existing habit of regular devotions or begin a new daily habit. To help with this practice, the new 2019 Book of Common Prayer has a section called “Family Prayer” (p. 67 – 78). We have copies of these pages at the information kiosk for anyone who has not yet gotten a new prayer book. Or you can download the Book of Common Prayer book here. Our church has made a bookmark with suggested Scripture readings for each day of Advent. These readings can be added to the section that says, “A reading from Holy Scripture.”
We invite you to make a daily practice of prayer this Advent. It can be done in as quickly as 10 minutes or extended much further to suite your availability. There are four different prayer outlines choose from for the various times of your day: Morning, Midday, Evening, Close of Day.