Last Sunday morning, Nick brought our series of talks looking at the Exodus journey to a close, looking forward to the promised land of the Kingdom of God that we're journeying towards. Advent is a time of looking forward to the Kingdom of God, both when it comes in completeness when Jesus returns at the end of time, and also celebrating that the Kingdom has already broken in to this world in the birth of Jesus at Christmas.
We're living in that time when the Kingdom has broken in in part and we can catch it in glimpses - maybe in the wonder of the candlelit carols, or being part of the family of church, or in the beauty of nature around. But we're also aware that it hasn't come completely, that it is still 'not yet,' in all the bad and sad things we see going on around us.
Pandemics certainly come into the category of the 'not yet' of God's Kingdom (though God can and does use even the most awful situations to bring some good). And news of a new, faster spreading omicron variant isn't exactly the festive news of good cheer that we'd have liked. Time, then, to recall the overarching message of the Exodus journey through the wilderness: that God walks with us through these uncertain times, guiding us, providing for us, and drawing us closer to him.
If you'd like to catch up on any of the talks you can find them on the website just here: Talks The whole service is recorded so you'll need to scroll through to the talk. You can also find the services on our facebook page each week.There's a final reminder of all the talks in the series on page 9.
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