First Sunday of Advent
Sermon / December 2, 2018

Advent 1, 2018 Luke 21:25-31 Today begins the new year of our church calendar, the first Sunday of Advent. Happy new year! The season, which is largely ignored by the world, is a time of preparation for the coming of the Lord. When we speak of the coming of the Lord, there is of course our annual celebration of the Holy Nativity, the Christmas, and there is the second coming, the one foretold in the Gospel we heard today. St. Luke quoted the words of Jesus in his prophecy of his coming back to the world for the day of redemption. “There will be signs in sun and moon and stars,” Jesus said. There was a sign in the stars when Jesus was born, too. Matthew chapter 2 tells of the Wise Men from the East who said, “We have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” The signs we heard about today are more like the end of the world type. It’s the kind of thing that makes you want to duck and cover. Those of us who lived through the cold war know what that is all about. But Jesus says to stand…