Sunday, December 4, 2011

Advent Sermon Series

Restore Us, O God -- An Advent Series Based on the Psalm Readings and Linked to the Four Candles of the Advent Wreath

The first three psalms (80, 85 and 126, Advent 1, 2, 3) all contain the verb "to restore." This suggests a theme that speaks to the spiritual hunger within all of us -- that of having once known a very precious truth that has somehow slipped from our grasp. The human dilemma is that we spend a lot of time groping on our hands and knees in the dark, hoping to find a light that will reveal the meaning of life, or a lantern that will light our path. What we need is a Savior, the Light of the World, to come to us and reveal the truth, and perhaps to remind us that the treasure we've been seeking isn't the true treasure after all. Although the word "restore" is not used in the Psalm reading for Advent 4, clearly the writer feels that God's love for the people of God has been restored; once again, the love of God as evinced through God's faithfulness has been decisively demonstrated, and certainly the incarnational act is the ultimate evidence that God has not abandoned us, but rather loves us, is committed to us and indeed is among us.

Advent 1, November 27: Restoration of Hope

Advent 2, December 4: Restoration of Peace

Advent 3, December 11: Restoration of Joy

Advent 4: December 18: Restoration of Love

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