John 1:1-18; Luke 1:5-25, 57-80.

As Advent begins we’ll reflect on the hopes and aspirations of those who were looking for the coming of Messiah.

Zechariah couldn’t take in the promise given to him and Elizabeth. Many didn’t recognise John the Baptist as a prophet or indeed the One for whom he prepared the way.

Are we anticipating a fresh encounter with Christ or just another Christmas?