Friday, May 02, 2014

Living Up To Its Name: Church of the Advent- Washington, DC
May 1, 2014

When Tommy told his then-fiancée (now wife), Laura, that he felt burdened for D.C., he discovered that God had already been pulling Laura’s heart in the same direction. There was a sense of expectation, a sense that God was about to do something profound.

The Latin “adventus,” from which the word “Advent” derives, translates as “a coming or arrival.” For Christians, the season of Advent is time of eager expectation and deep preparation for the coming and arrival of Christ. It is not an easy season, requiring perseverance, patience and humility that reminds us each year to practice the discipline of waiting on God’s unfolding plan.

It is in the spirit of this season and its sense of expectation in action that The Church of the Advent in Washington, D.C. is being planted. Remembering the start of its journey, rector Tommy Hinson remarks that “from the very beginning, the church very clearly got started by a move of God. This was happening with or without me. In the early stages, it was simply about listening and discerning what God was doing.”

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