November is here. The last Sunday of this month is the first Sunday of Advent. More on this later, but just a word now. You see, the season of Advent doesn’t actually include Christmas Day; rather it leads right up to it. And so Advent is an entire season of waiting. The expectation and anticipation of Advent builds as the weeks progress, as the candles are lit, as the scriptures are read. And all of this leads up to the commemoration of that glorious and scandalous event wherein our true Redeemer robed himself in flesh and dwelt among us. But though we know how the story ends each time, it’s a much better story if we don’t keep skipping to the end, but read the chapters in order.
Ruth must wait. Boaz has made her a promise, and there is nothing that she can do to hurry things along. All she can do is wait and watch while the Redeemer does his work. And how much better the reward after being deprived!
Here are the scripture, songs, and readings for this coming Sunday. Remember that we prepare to meet with our Redeemer. So let’s prepare well.
Scripture: Ruth 4:1-8
Sermon: “The Work of a Redeemer”
Worship Leader: Paul Winter
Confession of Faith : Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q. 86
Q. 86. What is faith in Jesus Christ?
A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.