Tag: Advent


17
Dec 2018
Draw Near to Justice, part 2

Read Luke 1:46-56   Reflect: God’s justice is different than our justice. It’s about making the world right!  Where do you see God’s justice being birthed this Christmas? in your life? in the lives of others? Reflect & Practice: “Jesus became light for our darkest decisions, peace for our self-centered wars, and love for our life-draining animosity towards others.”  How is this becoming true in your life this Christmas? Practice: Uses images and poems from this week’s bulletin and the Advent Guide this week in your devotional time to draw near to......

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16
Dec 2018
Light Looked Down - A Christmas Cantata

Join us for a morning of worship and Christmas music as we Draw Near to the Light of Christ this Advent Season. There will be favorites such as Angels We Have Heard On High, Come All Ye Faithful, Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, Hark the Herald, Joy to the World and some beautiful new songs as well. And if you would like to sing with the Choir, join them for rehearsals at the following times: Wednesday, November 28-6:00 Wednesday, December 5-6:00 Wednesday, December 12-6:00 – 7:30pm Thursday, December 13-6:00 – 7:30pm Saturday, December 15-10:00......

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03
Dec 2018
Draw Near to Wonder

Read Luke 21:25-36 There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.  People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  They they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory.  Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.......

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26
Nov 2018
Christ: Savior or Lord?

Read: John 18:33-38 Reflect: Is Jesus your savior? …your king? Or both? Consider times in your life when you have come to Jesus for help. And consider how you follow Jesus as your Lord and King each day. Reflect: Do you ever feel confused like Pilate when it comes to the answers Christ gives to you through scripture, prayer, or your church family? Do you “give in” or “give up” when you are confused (like Pilate)? Or do you try to discover a deeper truth? Practice: This week, focus your attention on......

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22
Dec 2017
A New Decision

God has made a fresh decision, and this new one does not come as threat but as child. He does not come as victory but as helpless child. He does not come in pride but in a way almost unnoticed by the world. But he is king. He is not robed in splendor but in baby clothes. He is not in the royal nursery but in a barn. None of it makes any sense. At least it does not make sense to people who think they have all of life reduced to......

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13
Dec 2017
The Art of Waiting

I’ve been reading a wonderful Advent collection from the writings of one of my favorite German theologians Dietrich Bonhoeffer. And I want to share one of these devotions with you today. Many of us are experiencing some intense situations of waiting this Advent season – waiting on family to come home for the holidays, waiting through the journey of grief over the loss of a loved one, waiting on medical tests, waiting in hospitals, waiting for answers, waiting for strength and pace…and so much more. I found this piece encouraging within my......

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11
Dec 2017
Belonging to Love, Joy, Peace & Hope

Yesterday during worship, I asked our church family to consider how Christmas is about belonging. Immanuel – God With Us – is a message of belonging. As I said in a blog article last week, Immanuel is a phrase that connects God and us through the little word with (im in Hebrew). To summarize, the Hebrew word im can mean: Being by or beside someone (approaching) Dwelling in a place or with someone (inhabiting), or Being together with someone (belonging). This third meaning is all about belonging. And when we look at Immanuel......

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05
Dec 2017
Preparing for Christmas

Are you prepared for change? So many people don’t like change. Others enjoy it – or at least tolerate it – but never really prepare for it. But here’s the truth: we should always be prepared for change! And here’s another truth: Christmas is all about change! We change our homes by adorning it with decorations. We change our budget – setting aside money for gifts and travel and parties and special foods. We change our radio stations to the “All Christmas All The Time” stations. We change our eating habits as......

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04
Dec 2017
God With Us

Immanuel. A simple Hebrew phrase we say and sing during the Advent and Christmas seasons to remind us of the real reason for the season. Immanuel (sometimes written Emmanuel) literally means “with us is God,” or, more simply, “God with us.” The meaning of Jesus birth is essentially immanuel. That is, the baby Jesus is literally God coming in human form to be with us. Immanuel first appears in Isaiah 7: Isaiah said, “Listen, house of David! Isn’t it enough for you to be tiresome for people that you are also tiresome......

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