Sat, 26 November 2011
Kenny Benge preached a sermon entitled “What Time Is It?” for the First Sunday of Advent on November 26, 2011. The bizarre events of "Black Friday" remind us that societies mark their priorities and organize their memories by their calendars. Our calendars tell us how to use our time, they tells us what to do at various times in the year, but more than that, the calendars we subscribe to form us, they shape our desires and tell us how to act.
The liturgy of the Christian year is not magic, and it can become rote to us if it is not made alive by God’s Spirit. But it is the collected wisdom of the church over 2000 years. Through the waiting of Advent, the joy of Christmas, the illumination of Epiphany, the repentance of Lent, the celebration of new creation in Christ that is Easter, God can reshape our desires to want what He wants, to remake us into the image of Christ.
First Sunday of Advent
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19
1 Corinthians 1:3-9