Waiting is one of the most difficult things that we do. Something being outside of our control, outside of our desire for immediacy, is a discomfort that we have difficulty dealing with. Anxiousness, fear, and impatience arise from waiting. But the gospel is a story of waiting—the story of humanity waiting for God to work out his plan in “the fullness of time” (Eph. 1:10, Gal. 4:4). In Advent, Christians practice waiting once again, reimagining and recreating the tension of waiting that God’s people have encountered throughout their whole history. In Union Church's Advent sermons, we’ll walk through the stories of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph, who each waited—some more patiently than others—for God to fulfill specific promises that would reverberate throughout history. In retrospect, we’ll ask ourselves how God asks us to wait, how to hope when the waiting seems endless, and how the timing of God perfectly redeems our human frustration.

Our hope is that the Advent Project is another way for you to ponder on the reality of waiting, and a chance for you to incorporate experiences of awe into your reflections on the passages of Luke 1-2. Each week we will be releasing a short devotional alongside works of art and music from local artists and crafters that focuses on our Advent theme, The Fullness of Time.

This project was put together by Union Creative, an arts initiative within Union Church. If you are an artist or creative and looking to get involved in future projects, click HERE.