As the World Olivet Assembly ushers in the Advent season, a spirit of anticipation and reflection permeates the hearts of believers across its diverse congregations worldwide. In the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "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." These words echo the denomination's collective sentiment as it embarks on a journey of spiritual contemplation and joyful expectation.
Advent, the sacred prelude to the celebration of Christ's birth, invites believers to delve into the depths of their souls, acknowledging their imperfections and yearning for the promise of redemption. In this season of waiting, WOA encourages its members to approach the coming of Christ with humility, recognizing the transformative power of this sacred time.
Drawing inspiration from the Gospel of Matthew 2:1-2 (ESV), the denomination reflects on the journey of the wise men from the East who sought the newborn King. Their quest for the promised Messiah mirrors the spiritual journey of WOA members, prompting them to seek Christ with an earnest spirit during the Advent season.
As the denomination's churches come together in this season of anticipation, World Olivet Assembly encourages its members to embrace the true meaning of Advent. It is not merely a countdown to Christmas but a profound opportunity for spiritual introspection and growth. As churches and homes put up lights and decoration, to remember the light of Christ illuminating the darkness, a prompt for believers to think of the hope and joy found in His arrival.
This Advent, may the WOA collectively experience the peace that surpasses all understanding and the joy that comes from knowing Christ. As believers gather in churches and homes to celebrate the birth of Jesus, may the message of love and redemption echo through our congregations and resonate within our communities.
In the spirit of unity, the World Olivet Assembly extends heartfelt blessings to all its members, inviting them to share the love and hope of the season with those around them. May the Advent season be a time of renewal, reflection, and rejoicing as believers eagerly anticipate the arrival of our Savior, Jesus Christ.