In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, Ebeneezer Scrooge needed to be visited by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present, and Future before he finally came to fully appreciate what Christmas was all about. In a similar vein, it is important for today’s Christians to acknowledge Advent in it’s past, present, and future contexts in order to fully appreciate what Advent is all about.
Many people today like to claim that they can worship God anywhere so they don’t need to participate in a worship service. Give yourself up to God, and all is well, right? Well, no, actually, because something else entirely happens in worship.