The Haphazard Coming of Christmas – The First Sunday of Advent [12/1/19]

Today’s Passage:  Matthew 24:36-44

Opening Prayer: 36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left. Matthew 24:36-41 NIV

Opening Song: Jeremy Camp – Dead Man Walking
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nf4ufekHjeg

Message [used with permission from A Sermon for Every Sunday]: The Haphazard Coming of Christmas – The First Sunday of Advent [12/1/19] by Jim Somerville, Pastor of Richmond’s First Baptist Church and co-founder of A Sermon for Every Sunday.
“Imagine a world where Christmas doesn’t come on December 25, but with the first snowfall of the year,” begins Jim Somerville. In this sermon from Matthew 24:36-44 he says: “It would be strange, wouldn’t it, living in a world like that? It would be so different from the scheduled way we celebrate Christmas now. But it would be much more like that unscheduled first Christmas, and almost exactly like the unscheduled second coming of Christ. ‘But about that day and hour no one knows,’ Jesus says, ‘neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.’”

Closing Song: Jeremy Camp – Christ In Me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-1Wtrnt-rc

Closing Prayer: 42 “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. 43 But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. 44 So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. Matthew 24:42-44 NIV

Epilogue: Jeremy Camp – There Will Be A Day (Lyric Video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPKyTY71iRM

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The River Run Church is affiliated with the International Church of the Nazarene. We are located in the North Central Mission Area of the Maine District.
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