Advent is Here!

The season of Advent is upon is! We invite you to join us as Pastor Ryan starts a new series, Light of the World! Sunday services are at 8:30 and 11am - sign up today!


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Advent Services

  • Sunday November 29th at 8:30 in-person
    & 11am
    - in-person and livestream
  • Sunday December 6th at 8:30 in-person
    & 11am
    in-person and livestream
  • Sunday December 13th at 8:30 in-person
    & 11am
    in-person and livestream
  • Sunday December 20th at 8:30 in-person
    & 11am
    in-person and livestream
  • Thursday December 24th at 7pm - livestream service only

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Advent Devotional & Scripture Readings

ILLUMINATION: ADVENT 2020

“Jesus is the light of the world.” John 8:12

 


Start the Journey!

As we light the candles each week of Advent, we are commemorating something wonderful that is just beyond sight. Each year we piece together the story of Christmas. With each telling, more of the story comes to light just as the lighting of the candles progressively leads us closer to the full brilliance of Christmas day.


As we grow, we retell the story of Christmas with a new perspective. We anticipate with hope, that the story of Christ’s birth will stir in us a wonder that will illuminate us. Our hope in Christ illuminates our deeper identity. Retelling the story of Jesus’ life helps us see our own lives more clearly.


What are the stories you carry with you on the journey of Advent 2020?

These are your stories and they come from the heart. Share them freely as a gift of light and life that others may also find light along the way.


Even as we light the first candle, God is saying, “I am here.” Nothing can take that away from you! Start the journey! Let Jesus come to illuminate every part of who you are.


Share your journey! Acknowledge the shadows of this season as well as the light. Carry with you the glad tidings of comfort and joy knowing there are those who may walk in sorrow and frustration. Use your stories to describe ways they dwell together. Ahavah! God’s love through Jesus Christ has come to disperse the darkness. With integrity, compassion and love in the midst of ambiguity, Jesus became the light of the world. Emmanuel, the place of healing justice and peace.


Lord, we ask that Advent 2020 be the season we realize the darkness can never extinguish the light you have given to us. May your gift of grace and truth be realities we not only experience for ourselves but the reality we freely share with others.



Daily Scripture Readings:


Pray through the scriptures each day and ask God to illuminate your understanding.

Day One:  Sunday, November 29


And God said, “Let there be Light!”  Genesis 1:3-4, Romans 15:13

“The word (Jesus) gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.” John 1:4-5

 

Day Two:  Monday, November 30

Genesis 1:1-31; Isaiah 2:3-5

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; He who follows me will not walk in darkness.” but will have the light of life.”   

John 8:12

 

Day Three:  Tuesday, December 1

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:6)

 

Day Four:  Wednesday, December 2

“The Lord is my light and my salvation.”   Read Psalm 27

 

Day Five:  Thursday, December 3

“The people sitting in darkness have seen a great light!”  Isaiah 9:2-6; Isaiah 6:7   Matthew 4:16, 

Share your story!  

“In the same way let your light shine before others… that they may glorify your father in heaven” Matt. 5:16

 

Day Six:  Friday, December 4

“God, you word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105; “God you cause my lamp to be lighted and to shine! The Lord my God illumines my darkness.” Psalm 18:28,    I Peter 5:7   

 

Day Seven:  Saturday, December 5

Read Luke 1:5-25 



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Week Two: Longing and Dreaming in a Difficult Time 
(suggested Carol: Oh Holy Night)

“Blessed is she who believes that the Lord will fulfill His promises to her.”  Luke 1:45

As we continue into the second week of Advent, may we keep our eyes on the Hope that is to come. May our security remain in Jesus, trusting the God we cannot see in the light of what He has already shown us.

Right now the candle of hope may be flickering. Consider Mary’s response, when the angel told her of the impossible. “I am the Lord’s servant, May it be unto me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38) Our difficulty is trusting God to guide us when the future is full of uncertainty. It requires the ability to dream beyond the moment and believe that God is with us when we aren’t quite clear what the outcome looks like.


Believing in God’s promises releases us to dream of serving God by laying everything at His feet. This is the work the Spirit of God began in Mary, and this is the work God wants to do in the womb of all humanity-to bring Christ’s fullness within you. The birth of Jesus Christ gave proof that God can be trusted! The foundation of our moral stability is faith in the absolute truthfulness of God. Let us dare to believe what the angel declared to Mary, “Nothing will be impossible with God.” (John 1:36-37).


Christmas is magical because it is a reassertion of the absolute promises of God. When we join with Mary in placing our trust in God’s truth, we become a part of the miracle of Christmas! We embody hope in the faithfulness of God! God’s gift of truth leads us to Himself. This is the blessing of Christmas-Jesus Christ came on the behalf of the truth of God. He shows us the promise of mercy; the essence of the promise of mercy is Jesus! (Romans 15:8-9)


 ("O Holy Night" by Adolphe Adam)

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,

For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!

O night divine, O night when Christ was born;

O night divine, O night, O night Divine.


Scripture Readings

Day One: Sunday, Dec. 6 “Oh Holy Night The Stars are brightly Shining!”

Psalm 19:1-Luke 1:36-37, Matthew 19:26, Genesis 18:14, Hebrews 6:18


Day Two: Monday, Dec. 7 “Led by the light, of Faith serenely beaming”

Walk in the light of Jesus Christ: John 12:44; Hebrews 11:1; II Corinthians 4:18 & 5:7; Hebrews 10:22-24


Day Three: Tuesday, Dec. 8 “He knows our need, to our weakness He is no stranger.”

Isaiah 41:10&13; Isaiah 34:17&18; II Corinthians 1:3-4


Day Four: Wednesday, Dec. 9 “Truly He taught us to love one another”

Romans 12:9-13; I Peter 4:8; John 13:35; Ephesians 4:2; I John 4:20


Day Five: Thursday, Dec. 10 “God’s law is love and His gospel is Peace.”

I John 4:11; I Corinthians 13:1-13; John 15:12


Day Six: Friday, Dec. 11 “Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother, and in His name all oppression shall cease.”

Isaiah 1:17; Proverbs 31:9; Matthew 22:39 & 25:40; James 1:27; Zechariah 7:9,10; Romans 12:15-18; Micah 6:8


Day Seven: Saturday, Dec. 12 “Christ is the Lord! Praise His name forever! His power and glory evermore proclaim!”

Psalm 150:1-6; Psalm 127:6; Psalm 95:1-11; Psalm 145:4; Ephesians 5:19; Hebrews 13:15; Psalms 71:8


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Week Three: Anticipation of Joy!  
(Suggested Carol: Hark The Herald, Angels Sing)

In the book of Revelation we read, “I am the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the end who is, and who was, and who is to come.” (Revelation 1:4-9). Isn’t that what we all anticipate? That the God who was and who is has promised that he is coming again? Today we anticipate a celebration of His birth as we live in the promise that He will one day return. If we are honest that is our deepest longing; that the sovereign God of the universe cares about the personal details of our lives and that He will one day come to earth again!

   

The opening chapter of Revelation lifts our eyes up to gaze at a glory that utterly transcends our earthly circumstances. “I am the Alpha and the Omega ... who is, and who was, and who is to come’” (1:8). Our Savior “who loves us and has freed us from our sins” will return; “‘Look, he is coming with the clouds’ and ‘every eye will see him’” (1:5, 7–8). John goes on to describe a wondrous vision of Christ himself—an encounter so awesome that John “fell at his feet as though dead” (v. 17).

 

We will never fully understand how God’s sovereignty and the intimacy of His presence work, but we do understand that when God comes near in a way that is involved with the very detailed circumstances of our lives, it awakens us to the intentionality of God’s love and the promise of His return and we are filled with wonder! 

 

And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, who Is Christ the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11).


Scripture Readings

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 70:1-5, Psalm 71:1-5

 

Monday, December 14, 2020

Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalms 146:4-9, James 5:7-10, 

 

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

 Isaiah 7:10-16, Romans 1:1-7

 

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Matthew 1:18-25, Psalms 96

 

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Titus 2:11-14, Psalm 97

 

Friday, December 18, 2020

Isaiah 62:6-12, Titus 3:4-7

 

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Psalm 98, Isaiah 52:7-10, Revelation 22:12-14;16-17;20


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Week Four: JOY!  Christ Incarnate, the Light of the World

(Suggested Carol for the week: Joy To The World based on Psalm 98)

On Christmas Day, we celebrate the miracle of the Incarnation. We celebrate Jesus! the babe in the manger who was “in very nature God” yet “made himself nothing” for us (Phil. 2:6–7). The Christ child who grew up to die and rise again for our sins, offer us true hope, and make all things new. Jesus, Faithful and True, the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Rev. 19:11; John 14:6). The word made flesh. We join the shepherds who hurried to see the babe in the manger, glorifying and praising God. We worship with the wise men who knelt before the Christ child. We rejoice with the angels in the Good News of grace for which Jesus came, died, and rose again. Joy To The World, the Lord Jesus has come! 


Merry Christmas!


“My eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all people.”

 Luke 2:30-31

 

Each day you may want to listen to a familiar Carol in addition to Joy To The World while reading the lyrics with all the stanzas in each song. These hymns are powerful worshipful declarations of the wondrous glory of God!

 

Scripture Readings

Sunday, December 20, 2020 (JOY TO THE WORLD)

Zechariah 9:9, John 1:1-14, Psalm 98

 

Monday, December 21, 2020   (IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR)

Hebrews 1:1-14

 

Tuesday, December 22, 2020    (SILENT NIGHT)

Psalm 46:1-11

 

Wednesday, December 23, 2020   (WE THREE KINGS)

Isaiah 9:2-7,

 

Thursday, December 24, 2020  (THE FIRST NOEL)

Luke 2:1-20

 

Friday, December 25, 2020  

(GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN and O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL)

Matthew 2:1-23

 

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