As we kick off December Pastor Brad delivers a wonderful sermon on the wow of Christmas and our part in God's eternal story.
Welcome to the Christmas season! The following passages help us enter into this season as they highlight the aching that lies within each of us for the reality of Christ on Earth. Read Romans 8:22-23 as a group. Then read Luke 2:21-35, regarding the arrival of Christ, our messiah. Pay attention to the way Simeon was in a place of waiting or longing for the birth of the Messiah. This time of year often inspires hope, anticipation, generosity, and ‘goodwill toward men.’ Talk about how this is true for each of you.
Sehnsucht (German pronunciation: [ˈzeːnzʊxt]) is a German noun translated as "longing", "yearning", or "craving", or in a wider sense a type of "intensely missing". However, Sehnsucht is difficult to translate adequately and describes a deep emotional state. Sehnsucht represents thoughts and feelings about all facets of life that are unfinished or imperfect, paired with a yearning for ideal alternative experiences. It has been referred to as “life’s longings”.] It is sometimes felt as a longing for a far-off country, but not a particular earthly land which we can identify. Furthermore there is something in the experience which suggests this far-off country is very familiar and indicative of what we might otherwise call "home". In this sense it is a type of nostalgia, in the original sense of that word. At other times it may seem as a longing for a someone or even a something. What are you longing for this Christmas season?
This week our ‘hands’ request is simple: pray. As a group, lift up your hopes, wishes, longings, cares and heart for one another and God’s people. Pray for Christ to be a tangible thing for God’s children to experience through the Holy Spirit this season.