Vicar's Message from the Sunday Bulletin
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go! There is Christmas music playing in the stores as you shop, there is snow on the ground, and there are Christmas lights hung on houses. Zion is even decorated for Christmas. The trees are set up, the garland is strung, and the wreaths are hung. It truly is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Are you ready for Christmas? Have the presents been bought? Have the lights been set up at your house yet? Although the world encourages us to celebrate Christmas as soon as possible we realize that we need time to prepare for the holiday. We have to buy the presents, prepare the food, and gather the family.
During the season of Advent the Church prepares for Christmas. We prepare not only the decorating but more importantly we prepare our hearts. We prepare our hearts for the promised Savior. We prepare our hearts for the Savior who is coming, who has come, and who will come again, the Savior who will come to save and to judge the world.
In our Gospel lesson for today we hear about a man named John the Baptist. John came to prepare the way for Jesus. He prepared the way by preaching a message of repentance. He wanted people to repent of their sins and thereby be able to receive Jesus into their hearts. Today, we listen to John’s message. As we await the coming Savior we repent and turn our hearts to Jesus.
In this season of Advent we turn our hearts to the Lord. May we remember the reason for the season. Never getting caught up in the hustle and bustle but keeping our eyes focused on our coming savior, Jesus Christ.
May God richly bless you. Come let us worship our Lord.
- Vicar David