The world has begun the countdown to Christmas everywhere but in the church. Happy carols play in the malls where blinking lights and tinsel are on sale. But here in the church there is talk of the stars falling and the heavens shaking. No wonder most people visit shopping malls more than they visit churches in this season. On the other hand, we are not in the happiness business here in the church. We are more interested in giving people deep and abiding joy. These things never go on sale.

Scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9; Mark 13:24-37

Song: "Awake My Soul" written by Marcus Mumford; performed by the Prince of Peace worship band