The Spirit of Christmas | Hope
This is the first Sunday of Advent. Advent is a season observed by Christians as a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It is also a time to look forward to the return of Jesus at the second coming. Many people light advent candles which remind us that Jesus came to bring hope and joy and peace and love into the world.
This morning we begin a series entitled The Spirit of Christmas. We will focus on the role the Holy Spirit plays in bringing hope to the world. Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” That’s our prayer for people this Christmas.