Advent Message 2022

Advent is a season for surprises. It is a time to get ready—not for Christmas, but the Christ—the One who was, who is, and who is to come has arrived, is here and is yet to return. 

If that blows your sense of time and space, let me put it another way. The Babe of Bethlehem is the present Christ who is returning as King of kings and Lord of lords. I hope we’ll all be ready. That’s what Jesus was trying to say encouraging us to pay attention, be prepared, be faithful, be alert. 

Do you feel the world is weary and broken? 

For most of us these have been the strangest years in living memory. We have been through collective distress, and nobody has come out unscathed. ‘Christ is coming let creation from her groans and travail cease,’ is a hymn we sing in Advent.  

We’re arriving at that time of year when every shop and website is counting down to Christmas. From Black Friday sales to sleigh-bell soundtracks from the TV and radio. Coffee shops start to push overpriced sugar-laced drinks in supposedly festive cups. Heavens our well known garden centres in Ayrshire started gearing up in August. Deep down, we know we need a complete gear shift. We suffer from a collective consumerist mania that demands we remain optimistic, shiny, happy and having fun, fun, fun. 

In other words, yes, we do feel the world is broken, and we don’t like it—and so our tendency is to downplay or deflect those feelings pretty quickly.  

But after the most unsettling of times, this season of Advent is a gift to us.  

By focusing our hearts on the first and second appearances of Jesus Christ, Advent is an opportunity to face up to the darkness in order to appreciate the light. 

The celebration of Advent is possible only to those who are troubled in soul, who know themselves to be poor and imperfect, and who look forward to something greater to come. 

If anyone fits that category, it’s all of us today. 

Advent is the hard-won faith Christ gave us the hour we first believed that the light of the world still shines amid all this desperate darkness.  

If we really lived our faith in the coming of Christ, we would seek to express hope in all our interactions, we would invite others into a hope-filled way of living, and we would live the kind of life that demonstrates what we believe the world will one day be; where giving and sharing are second nature to all people; where joy and celebration fill the news and our lives. 

We can do all of these things through modest simplicity, loving all with all the love we can muster, looking for every coming of Christ into our lives and world, and noticing and proclaiming the presence of Christ whenever we can.  

And this is why Advent matters, and matters more this year than most, we need Advent. Hang onto it for dear life. 

Christ is coming.   

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Rev. David Cameron

David has been the parish minsiter since 2001. David has placed the church at the heart of town and community with initiatives linking partnerships with East Ayrshire Council Vibrant Communities, Ayrshire and Arran NHS Trust, businesses, local government service provision and charitable trusts.

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