First Sunday of Advent: Creation
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
—Genesis 1:1-2 (Read Genesis 1-2)
The story begins with God.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, three distinct Persons existing together in perfect unity. This Creator, lacking nothing, out of the overflow of His love and to demonstrate His glory, makes room for creation.
The Spirit hovers, and the Word speaks. “Let there be…”
The first two chapters of Genesis describe the care and intention with which God shaped a place perfectly fitted for humanity before breathing life into Adam’s lungs, before bringing Eve to stand beside him.
God saw all that he had made and said “It is very good.”
And then God walked with his first people in the garden in the cool of the day.
Host and beloved guests, just enjoying the breeze.
Thank you for joining us here at the CCO for the twenty-four days of Advent. Together we remember Jesus’ first arrival and anticipate his return.
This year’s theme is “The Incarnation of Hospitality,” and it dovetails with this question:
What if the Gospel is a story of hospitality?
During these twenty-four days, we will read stories of Incarnational Hospitality from our CCO staff on Mondays through Saturdays. And every Sunday, we will meet you here with a brief reflection on how the overarching story of Scripture—Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Consummation—might be understood as a story of the Lord’s gracious welcome.
Today is Creation. Next week, we’ll meet back here for a reflection on the Fall. In the meantime, enjoy the stories of Incarnational Hospitality.
Because He first loved and welcomed us, you are welcome here!
—Emily Bingham, CCO Midwest Staff Director & Jen Pelling, CCO Writer and Editor