Don’t freak out…I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but I wanted to share with you my thoughts on the Advent sermon series I am pondering. Sometimes it is hard to believe, but Advent is right around the corner and of course Christmas is close behind. And since that is our reality, Advent planning needs to begin (if it hasn’t already).
I haven’t done an Advent sermon series since 2005 when I preached a series on 1 Peter (something I came across in some publication). This year…my series is a little different. The title of the series is “The Spirit of Christmas” with the following sermons topics: “The Spirit of Hope”, “The Spirit of Life”, “The Spirit of Peace”, “The Spirit of Sharing” and ending on Christmas Eve with “The Spirit of Love”. This idea came from a Hanging of the Greens worship service we are doing on Nov. 30; a service I found in a Hanging of the Greens book.
Each Christmas season, one of the things that really gets me going is seeing people totally miss the true spirit of Christmas. It seems that with each passing year, Christmas becomes more and more commercialized (if that is even possible). Each year I feel moved to submit a letter to the editor in our local newspaper to remind people of the true meaning of Christmas. Each year I hear stories of how businesses and retail stores tell their employees that they can’t say “Merry Christmas” to the customers. Heaven forbid if we offend anyone with those words. So this sermon series really speaks to me and hopefully it will speak to others as well.
I haven’t totally thought out the scripture references for each theme (maybe you have some ideas for me), but hopefully I will have that done within the next week. I am thinking a one day retreat away from my office might be in order.
In any case…I wanted to through this out to you and see what you think. Is anyone else doing a Advent/Christmas sermon series? Have you ever done one before?
God’s blessings to you as you prepare for the Christmas season.