The four Sundays prior to the celebration of Christmas form the season of Advent. The emphasis in worship on these Sundays is preparing God's people for the coming of Jesus. We prepare to celebrate his first coming in Bethlehem at our Christmas celebration. We also prepare for his Christ's second coming when he comes on the last day. These are services of expectation and waiting, anticipation and preparation.
This year in our Sunday services, we are following a four part series which will help to prepare God's people to celebrate the coming of Jesus. The theme for this special focus is: He Comes, Bearing Gifts.
Here is some more information about this series:
Curly head dolls that toddle and coo. Elephants, boats, and kiddie cars too. Santa Claus is comin’ to town.
You’ll hear those lyrics often during the holiday season—a song about a man who’s coming to bring all sorts of gifts. But, are they really gifts? The definition of a gift is “something given voluntarily without payment or condition.” The man in red has conditions.
You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout.
He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good...
If you give someone a gift only if they meet certain qualifications, that is not a gift.
There is one who is coming, bearing real gifts, profoundly important gifts. Jesus came that first Christmas to win forgiveness and give all the gifts that come with it: hope, peace, joy, love. He is coming again at the end of this world to give you the gift of resurrection to eternal life. In the season of Advent, we connect Christ’s first coming with his second coming. We rejoice in all the unconditional gifts he gives. Walking together with the brothers and sisters of our church body, we strive to share those gifts with one-million souls this holy season.
He is coming, bearing gifts. Let us prepare our hearts...and the hearts of others...to meet him.
The service times on Sundays will be our normal service times at 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. every Sunday.