Sunday's Coming ~ December 20, 2015

We are in the fourth week of a season called “advent.” The word “advent” comes from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming.” For the first Christians, advent was all about preparing for Jesus to come again - the true second Christmas. 

Maybe because Christ’s birth was first celebrated during winter amid darkness, light is one of the key elements used to help us understand what Christ’s coming means. “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  (John 1:4)

And this week the kids are telling the story of Jesus’ birth!  It is arguably the most anticipated Sunday of the year! I so hope you enjoy their innocence, their joyful singing, the words they will share, and the message they will bring.

Let’s celebrate both the message and the ones who bring it!  Let’s cheer them on as they tell us the old, old story with fresh eyes and young tongues.  And, when they are finished, let them know how happy you are with their effort.  Praise the Lord!

We will also hear a fourth message from John 1.  This weeks question is simple, “Have you beheld him?”  “Behold” sounds like an old word.  We don’t use it much these days.  But lean in for a little while and let’s see if the Holy Spirit will help us to behold again.  

Oh, and don’t miss Christmas Eve!  Next Thursday evening, we’ve got two services -- 4:00 and 5:30 p.m.

Sunday School for at 9:50a.m.

  • Children and Worship
    • Will not be meeting today.
  • Ages K-5th Grade (Children's Area)
    • Will not be meeting today.
  • Middle School & High School (Youth Room)
  • Adult Opportunities:
    • Questions of Life (Fellowship Hall): The series this week will be on Mental Health, Spirituality, and Wholeness.Does mental health impact our relationship with God?  Does our relationship with God impact our mental health?  How do areas such as SELF-ESTEEM, FEAR, ANXIETY, APATHY, DEPRESSION, and ANGER impact our life with God? We all have challenges to our emotional well-being, and we know we could do better.  Join us as we think together about how our relationships with God and each other interact with our mental and emotional health.  Sally Edman will be facilitating this week.
    • Sunday School Guide Class: Will not meet this winter, but Syl Scorza will prepare “home” outlines and notes each week. These will be available on-line. Please sign-up with Syl at: sylscorza@yahoo.com or 737-4335.

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