What Gift?

Advent Week 2: Peace
Sermon for December 8, 2019 (Second Sunday of Advent: PEACE)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor

Today’s Message: “What Gift?” (Luke 21:1-4)

From the Gospel of Luke: vs.4 “All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”


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Sermon for December 8, 2019 (Second Sunday of Advent: PEACE)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor

Today’s Message: “What Gift?” (Luke 21:1-4)

From the Gospel of Luke: vs.4 “All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

The Season of Advent has Arrived

Advent 3, 2018, Gentle Spirit Christian Church
THE GENESIS OF ADVENT:
Starting in about the 9th century in the Western Church, the season of Advent has been celebrated as a period of preparation for the birth of our Lord and the beginning of the ecclesiastical year (Church year).
In the early church words Advent, Epiphany, and Nativity were used interchangeably to denote the “feast of the Nativity”.  Advent services first appeared in the 6th century in the church of Gaul.  Epiphany was observed as a baptismal festival and the period preceding it was utilized as a period of preparation for baptism, much like the season of Lent. So Advent originated as a type of “little Lent”.  From France the observance spread to England in the 7th and 8th centuries.  In the 9th century, Advent was finally incorporated into the Roman Rite.
THE MEANING OF ADVENT:
The word “Advent” means literally, “to come to”.  It is a special season when we celebrate the bold claim that the Lord of the Universe has come among us in human form through Jesus the Christ. In him we have Immanuel, God with us.  Not only do we celebrate that God has come to the world in human form from Galilee but also that God is come as a spiritual reality and will come again in triumph at the close of the age.
There is another sense to the definition of Advent, “to come to”.  Since God has, is and will come to us, therefore we need “to come to”.  Our task as people in full relationship with God is to become fully awake not only to the importance of indwelling but also to the many immersions of Christ in our lives.  None of us is fully conscious of God’s presence; we need to come to, to wake up, and be vigilant for the visits of God within history and at the end of time when God’s realm is fully realized.
THE MOOD OF ADVENT:
If God is coming to us and we truly believe that to be true, our mood will be one of excitement, anticipation, and joyful preparation.  Mood is conveyed through color and light.  As the awareness of the celebrative nature of Advent has grown, many congregations have substituted blue for the older tradition of purple, as we have done in our church.  The brighter color of blue, the color of infinite sky, conveys better the bright hope of eternal life in the Christ than the more somber and sacrificial purple.
THE MESSAGE OF ADVENT:
As we look at God’s word, we need to understand how the Christ (as the word of God) comes to humankind now and how we can receive and carry the Christ’s presence today.   This starts with our Love…and the guides for which can be found all throughout scripture.  We are calling the next four weeks “The Advent Stages of Love”– The Offering Quality time, Gifts, Acts of Service and Words of Affirmation.  The task then becomes to take this journey over the next 4 weeks to come into a full consciousness with God, who comes to us in Jesus the Christ and these stages of God’s love.

 

 

 

Making Quality Time

Sermon for December 1, 2019 (First Sunday of Advent)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor

Today’s Message: “Making Quality Time” (Matthew 24:36-44)

From the Gospel of Matthew: vs.43-44 “You know that if the homeowner had known what time of night the burglar would arrive, he would have been there with his dogs to prevent the break-in. Be vigilant just like that. You have no idea when the Son of Man is going to show up.”


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Making Quality Time (Podcast)

Sermon for December 1, 2019 (First Sunday of Advent)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Rev. Paul M. Turner, Senior Pastor

Today’s Message: “Making Quality Time” (Matthew 24:36-44)

From the Gospel of Matthew: vs.43-44 “You know that if the homeowner had known what time of night the burglar would arrive, he would have been there with his dogs to prevent the break-in. Be vigilant just like that. You have no idea when the Son of Man is going to show up.”

Lean On Me

Sermon for November 24, 2019 (Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Alyce Keener, Vicar

Today’s Message: “Lean on Me” (Colossians 2:1-4, 16-23)

From the Colossians vs 2: “I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God.”


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Lean on Me (Podcast)

Sermon for November 24, 2019 (Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost)
Gentle Spirit Christian Church
Alyce Keener, Vicar

Today’s Message: “Lean on Me” (Colossians 2:1-4, 16-23)

From the Colossians vs 2: “I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God.”

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