I Didn’t Expect That Prayer Answered

In Advent, we anticipate light emerging in the darkness. We admit that there are prayers that we don’t trust will ever become realized. Reading from Luke 1:5-20, we are invited to encounter unexpected answered prayers. Join us for the first week of our sermon series, An Unexpected Christmas.

Advent is a season of anticipation for the light that emerges in the darkness. We anticipate hope in the midst of despair. We anticipate faith in the mist of wandering. We anticipate love in the midst of hate. While we anticipate God’s transformative work, we acknowledge that God’s ways are often difficult to predict even when we’re anticipating them. As we read the biblical story of the events leading up to the birth of Jesus, we read of people’s responses to God’s unexpected ways. This Advent, facing a year full of dashed expectations, let us continue the tradition of hopeful anticipation.

Sermon preached by Pastor Dallas Flippin.

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