November 30, 2003

Dan Nighswander - “Watch! Wait!”

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Dan Nighswander (Executive Director of the Conference of Mennonites in Canada, about 250 congregations) introduced the First Sunday of Advent by encouraging us to try being less impatient, less hurried, to delay singing Christmas carols until Christmas Day. The argument made by some is that Jesus obviously has already been born, so why wait, why pretend? Dan suggests that the very act of waiting may be good for us. After all, we are supposedly waiting for the Second Coming. Some preachers make a livelihood by attempting to interpret the 'signs of the times', much as in Christ's time, but Jesus essentially said that we should not 'read tea leaves', we should just look at ordinary tree leaves. They grow, get old, and eventually fall to the ground. Even so, the Second Coming is that inevitable. The signs? Wars, environmental anxieties, terrorism, refugees fleeing, genocide, fear of diseases, fear of failure, depression. Jesus says, "Stand up, raise your heads, for redemption is near." We believe that God is about to enter this world and take care of these things. Meanwhile, we await The Coming (Advent), watchfully preparing . . . . or do we mainly go shopping? [JEK]


Passage: Luke 21:25-36
Communion: No
Ecumenical or Event: First Advent
Potluck Lunch: No
Congregational Meeting: No


Speaker: Dan Nighswander
Worship Leader: Karl Brown
Song Leader: Rosie Perera
Pianist: Heather Pauls
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Child Care Volunteer: Nadine Neudorf

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