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ADVENT SERMON SERIES


Our Advent series this year is "Together At Last". Each week we will be adding a new set of questions below for you to work through, either on your own or as part of your Discipleship Community.

The series begins on Sunday 27th November. To watch the services from this series check out our YouTube playlist
 


Week 1: Sunday 27th November

 

‘Peace on earth and goodwill to all people’ - Christ the King


Read, Discover and Reflect

Christ the King is the set collect (prayer) for the Anglican church on the final Sunday of the church year (the last Sunday before Advent – the start of the new church year).

God the Father,
help us to hear the call of Christ the King
and to follow in his service,
whose kingdom has no end;
for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, one glory.


The end of a year is a good time to remember the awesome power and majesty of Jesus, our King and also to assess where we have been, what has been achieved, and perhaps most importantly, where we are going with our journey of faith.

New beginnings are always exciting, offering us the challenge of new spiritual adventures and development.



Read Colossians 1:15-23

 
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behaviour. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

 
 
1. What strikes you about this passage?

2. What do you understand by the notion that Jesus is reconciling all things to Himself (v.20)?

3. How do you intend to ‘continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel’ (v.23)

4. What is the main thing you take away from your discussions?
 


Pray

Pray for one another for opportunities in this Advent season to pause, reflect on Christ the King and surrender ourselves afresh to the new beginnings and adventures ahead.
 


 

Week 2: Sunday 4th December

‘Peace on earth and goodwill to all people’ - Zechariah the Priest


Read, Discover and Reflect
 
Luke writes that Zechariah was chosen by lot to offer incense in the Holy Place, the temple's inner chamber where only priests were allowed. As Zechariah was praying, the angel Gabriel appeared at the altar and told the old man that his prayer for a son would be answered. They were to name the baby John and he would become a man to lead many to the Lord and be a prophet announcing the Messiah. As John the Baptist's father, Zechariah raised his son as a Nazarite, a holy man dedicated to the Lord. Zechariah played his part in God's plan to save the world from sin.

 

Read Luke 1:5-17, (67-80)


5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. 7 But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.

8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshippers were praying outside.

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.’

67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68 ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us – 72 to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days.

76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.’

 

1. What do you think that Zechariah might have thought and felt during this whole episode?

2. Where do you see peace and favour in Zechariah’s story?

3. God can work in our lives in spite of any circumstance - "All things are possible with God." (Mark 10:27).

4. In what ways would you like to see God break though with peace and favour in your life?



Pray


Please pray for God’s messages of peace and goodwill to affect our families, friends and communities this Christmas time. Please do invite people to the church events.
 
 

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