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ADVENT: Hope

  1. 1. Opening Prayer Creator of the world, you are the potter, we are the clay, and you form us in your image. Shape our spirits by Christ's transforming power, that as one people we may live out your compassion and justice, whole and sound in the realm of your peace. Amen.
  2. 2. theCHURCH CALENDAR
  3. 3. Hope as a Noun a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen
  4. 4. Hope deferred makes the heart sick… Proverbs 13:12a
  5. 5. You’re supposed to feel the wait, the anticipated arrival of something you want so badly, and by feeling the wait deeply, you’ll be even more satisfied by the celebration of the arrival on Christmas Day. At least that’s the hope.
  6. 6. a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen Hope as a Noun to want something to happen or be the case and to work towards seeing it become reality Hope as a Verb
  7. 7. The ultimate restoration of all things, and all people, in line with the historic Christian tradition that acknowledges the loving, non- coercive will of God, perfectly revealed by the life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus, and further revealed to us by the Spirit, in the Scriptures, What Is My Ultimate Hope?
  8. 8. The short version: My hope is in Jesus. That he is who he says he is. That he did what scripture said he did. And he will do what he said he would do. What Is My Ultimate Hope?
  9. 9. I can only imagine how disappointed Jesus is watching the world today. All the same issues are occurring just in different settings. The Christian faith has increased, but so have all the negative aspects of the world. Honestly, if I were him, I’d be tired of humanity. But that’s the great thing about Jesus. He’s the type of person to appreciate those who have decided to follow him and have patience with those who Kayla Smocks
  10. 10. 1. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME with predictions, clues, or hidden secrets… Watching and Waiting With Hope
  11. 11. 1. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME . 2. DO YOUR JOB, by loving God, and loving people; yes, even them… Watching and Waiting With Hope
  12. 12. 1. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME . 2. DO YOUR JOB. 3. DON’T GIVE UP HOPE, and know that doesn’t equal pretending, living in denial, or embracing toxic positivity… Watching and Waiting With Hope
  13. 13. 1. DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME . 2. DO YOUR JOB. 3. DON’T GIVE UP HOPE. 4. REFUSE TO LET GO OF JESUS, even when it’s a challenge (and we know it can be…) Watching and Waiting With Hope
  14. 14. Hope deferred makes the heart sick But a longing fulfilled is a tree of life Proverbs 13:12
  15. 15. C.S. Lewis If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probably explanation is that we were made for another world.
  16. 16. Richard Rohr Our...”Come, Lord Jesus!” (the very last words of the Bible) is not a cry of desperation, but an assured shout of cosmic hope.
  17. 17. To each and all we bring this announcement: God will come, and God’s justice will prevail, and God will destroy evil and pain in all its forms, once and forever. To be a Christian is to live in expectation of that fulfillment. The life of the church, lived in solidarity with those in darkness, carries with it the embodiment of a certainty: when God comes again, it will be the God of Mercy and no Fleming Rutledge
  18. 18. Look for a way to leverage your hope on behalf of someone who is feeling hopeless… -OR- Ask someone to leverage their hope on your behalf… Soul Training Exercise
  19. 19. Benediction God of justice and peace, from the heavens you rain down mercy and kindness, that all on earth may stand in awe and wonder before your marvelous deeds. Raise our heads in expectation, that we may yearn for the coming day of the Lord and stand without blame before your Son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you, One God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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