In this message, we begin the Advent season and a new series called The Advent-urous Life. If you're new to this whole “liturgical year” concept, the church calendar was developed to help us set a new rhythm of life. No matter what stage of life we are in, the liturgical calendar can help us get out of our ruts and set a new rhythm. Advent is the season of waiting in anticipation of Christmas and the beginning of the new church year. Waiting isn't always easy - especially if you've been in a season of waiting for a long time! Advent seeks to help us have a three-fold way of looking at the world (past, present, and future) as we wait for what is to come. Truthfully, if we're listening to the news and hearing of another scandal, it can be hard to see how the Kingdom of God is breaking through into this world. Yet, we are a people of hope. This week, we talk about how Jesus can help us hold onto and experience Hope even in the midst of painful waiting - and sometimes disappointment. Join Pastor Sarah as she shares how an Advent-urous life is a life of Hope!