From the beginning, God has provided for us as his church, renewing the Advent’s work and witness in this city, and far beyond. As our past belongs to the Lord, so too our future; for whether we live or whether we die, we belong to the Lord. His work is completed, and so he sits and declares his renewing and always new word. As he knows our thoughts even before they are on our tongues, so too does he know the work he has given us to do. Could this be true? Do we believe this? If so, the consequences are vast: we may at once pray for the humility and confidence to remain faithful and attentive to that which he has purposed from the beginning, and which he will see through to the end.
And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” (Revelation 21:5-6)
Father, watch over the Church of the Advent: guard, protect, and keep it from all harm, as you guide, encourage, and strengthen it to love and serve you with a gladness and singleness of heart. In this world, we will have trouble; yet we take heart, for you have overcome the world. Let this word dwell in us richly, as your grace keeps us humbly faithful, aroused from carelessness, and restored from beginning to end. We ask this only through Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.