…Of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of St. Matthew – a friendly household of faith. We are America’s oldest Lutheran Church (congregation), now in its 349th year of faithful witness to the Lord Jesus Christ since receiving its historic Charter on December 6, 1664.
The Sundays of Advent -
The Time of Christmas.
A new Church Year has dawned on us. It is the season of Advent – a time of preparation for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is the promised Messiah of God who was spoken of by the prophets in the Old Testament.
The coming of the long-expected Savior was first told to Adam and Eve, and then to Noah and the patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and to each succeeding generations of the people and nation through whom the promise would be fulfilled. Advent recalls the promise of God in history and its fulfillment in the fullness of time that first Christmas when Jesus was born of Mary in Bethlehem under the reign of Caesar Augustus of Rome. This is the first advent, which season prepares us to celebrate Christmas for what the celebration is truly about – the glad tidings of great joy that the promised Savior, Jesus Christ, has indeed come into the world, died on the cross for the forgiveness of sins and rose from the dead for our salvation.
The season of Advent also points us to another promise made by Jesus himself, who forty days after his resurrection from the dead, ascended into heaven. He promised to come back to take all his redeemed ones unto himself. This is the second advent – his second coming. For this we wait patiently and with expectant joy. Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again! Even so, Lord, quickly come!
This Confession of FAITH is expressed in the Creeds.