Advent is an unusual liturgical season. Although it begins a new church year, marked by a new cycle of Scripture readings, it looks forward to the end of things. The season prepares us to remember and celebrate the entrance of God into human history in the birth of Jesus Christ, but it simultaneously points forward to Jesus’ return. The Sunday lectionary readings actually run backwards in time. They begin with predictions of the Second Coming, marked by trials and tribulations and the eventual fulfillment of the Kingdom of God, then take us back to the circumstances of Jesus’ birth. The message is clear: Jesus’ second coming will be just as surprising as the first, and, like good Boy Scouts, we need to be prepared. But what, exactly, are we preparing for? The “End Times” has been a staple of pop culture for years now – think of the “Left Behind” series or “Doomsday Preppers” – with dire predictions of apocalypse, marked by great upheavals, suffering and death. But how much of it is truly Scriptural? And how should we interpret those Scriptures that seem to point to a final apocalypse? Should we fear the appearance of an Anti-Christ? Will some of be truly “left behind” by the Rapture? What about the resurrection of the dead?
You are invited to attend a three-part series, where we will explore these topics and more, beginning Tuesday, November 28th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, in the Education Room, with a potluck dinner at 6:00 pm. Please sign up on the sheet in the Parish Hall.
Slides from the series are available below:
- Apocalypse Now or Not Session 1
- Apocalypse Now or Not Session 2. Audio for session 2 is also available below.