There was a new addition to the sanctuary on Sunday morning! We celebrated the first Sunday of Advent by lighting a purple candle. The color purple in the Christian tradition represents penitence and patience. The term advent comes from the Latin meaning "coming." Interestingly enough, the Latin term came from the translation of the Greek word parousia, which is a general term for the 2nd coming of Christ. This season represents a time of waiting and anticipation that people had in the past for the birth of the Messiah and is also a time for us to be reminded that we are waiting for Christ to come again!
The sermon text this Sunday was Psalm 25:1-10. It is a prayer written by King David, that God would show David how to live. Have you been calling out to God with this request? On Saturday evening, the youth/young adult fellowship group attended the Golden State Warriors basketball game. Not only did they win but Harrison Barnes, their rookie forward gave his testimony after the game. He accepted Christ when he was 17 years old, which was only a few years ago! He attended a youth retreat and was struck by the truth of Acts 4:12 "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." He closed his time of sharing by challenging everyone, "What are you living for?" Even though he is an NBA player, he told everyone that he doesn't live to play basketball. He lives for Jesus Christ. Wow.
May we like the psalmist David pray that God would show us how to live and like Harrison Barnes, may we live for Christ!