‘One good answer to the question “What sort of church are you? Who are you?” is to say, “We are a community of men and women who are waiting for Jesus to return”. Not waiting passively, as if we just wait and never do anything; no, that would be nonsense! But waiting actively – working at our daily work, loving God, loving people, giving our lives for Jesus and his gospel, and all the time praying, “Your Kingdom come, Lord Jesus!” As we do so, we will never be satisfied by what this world offers, never too disappointed when we do not experience healing or reconciliation or happiness in this life, always keeping our hopes set on that great future day.’
Christopher Ash, Repeat the Sounding Joy: A daily Advent devotional on Luke 1-2, p.345.