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Sermon: Christmas Counter-Downer. December 2, 2018

December 3, 2018

Click here to watch, read, download, or listen to the sermon from the First Sunday of Advent at Grace Lutheran Church, River Forest, IL.

Although Christmas has been in the stores and on the airwaves for what seems like forever, today is the day in the church year that we begin the countdown. Advent is here! The decorating has begun. We will light candles one by one. We are counting down to Christmas, yes, but on this first Sunday of Advent, the countdown starts with what seems like a downer. Roaring waves and shaking heavens! Fear and foreboding! Are we counting down to something fearful? No. On this first Sunday of Advent, we remember that we are not simply waiting for the Christ Child of Bethlehem. We are waiting for his return in glory. And this is nothing to fear; it is our redemption drawing near.

Come, Lord Jesus!

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