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Summary: Advent is a season of waiting for the coming of Christ. He came as a baby, and now we are waiting for His second coming.

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A. How wonderful it is to gather together to worship Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior!

1. If you are visiting with us today we extend to you a warm welcome and hope that your experience with us and the Lord today will be a blessed one.

B. I thought we might start with something on the light side. I’ve gathered a few pictures that I think you will enjoy.

1. As you know we received a lot of snow over the last couple of weeks. (show slide) Here’s a picture of a heavy snow accumulation. I’m sure it looks that way on the Tug Hill Plateau every winter.

2. (show slide) I saw a lot of cars looking like this, this week, including my own at times. I don’t know if you can see the license plate, so let me enlarge it (show slide). The vanity plate reads “Lazy.” Who would have known?

3. (show slide) I got a kick out of this picture. Maybe they should change the sign in the winter to say, “Caution: Slide may be slippery.” Or “do not put your tongue on the metal slide.”

4. (show blank slide) You’ve seen train crossing signs, deer crossing signs, and pedestrian crossing signs. (Show slide) But I’ll bet you’ve never seen a Santa Crossing sign.

5. (show blank slide) If you are looking for a great gift for your computer geek, I’ve got just the gift for you. (Show slide) The Bathtub Computer Table. Beware of waves and splashing.

6. (show blank slide) What is the one gift that nobody likes? (Show Slide) Poor fruitcakes!

C. Did you catch the story this week about the Christmas card that arrived just a little late?

1. (show slide) This postcard featuring a color drawing of Santa Claus and a young girl was mailed in 1914, but its journey was slower than Christmas - It just arrived in northwest Kansas.

2. The Christmas card was dated Dec. 23, 1914, and mailed to Ethel Martin of Oberlin, apparently from her cousins in Alma, Nebraska.

3. It’s a mystery where it spent most of the last century, Oberlin Postmaster Steve Schultz said. “It’s surprising that it never got thrown away,” he said. “How someone found it, I don’t know.”

4. Ethel Martin, who was supposed to receive the card is deceased, but Schultz said the post office wanted to get the card to a relative.

5. That’s how the 93-year-old relic ended up with Bernice Martin, Ethel’s sister-in-law.

6. Bernice said she believed the card had been found somewhere in Illinois. “That’s all we know,” she said. “But it is kind of curious. We’d like to know how it got down there. But wherever they kept it, it was in perfect shape.”

7. The card was placed inside another envelope with modern postage for the trip to Oberlin — the one-cent postage of the early 20th century wouldn’t have covered it, Martin said.

8. Ethel Martin may have waited for that card from her cousins and may have wondered why it never arrived.

9. In many ways, Christmas is all about waiting.

D. The countdown to Christmas started well before Thanksgiving, and with each passing day the excitement and preparations for its arrival have been accelerating.

1. The lights and decorations have been put up, the stores are full, and the music is filling the air.


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