As we enter the Christmas season, our thoughts turn toward the traditions that make this the most wonderful time of the year. Things like holiday decorations, favorite carols, family gatherings, and the exchanging of gifts. As wonderful as those things are, we know the real beauty of this season is found in the birth of Jesus.
Join us for a special worship series that will celebrate the joy and wonder that can only be found in the true spirit of Christmas.
This worship and small group series begins Sunday, November 27th.
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Scripture: Luke 2:8-14
For generations, the people of Israel awaited the coming of a Messiah–a leader, sent from God, who would restore them as a people and as a nation. When the long-awaited Messiah finally came, he was not what the people expected. And yet, who Jesus was and the message he brought was exactly what the people needed then, and it is what we still need today.
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-21
Before Christ was born, an angel appeared to Joseph and reassured him that the child conceived in Mary was from the Holy Spirit. Then the angel instructed Joseph to name the baby Jesus. While we may take that name for granted, it holds the key to the greatest gift we can receive this holiday season.
Scriptures: Isaiah 7, Matthew 1
In the same passage of Matthew where we read an angel instructed Joseph to name his child Jesus, we are told that “a young woman will conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means God is with us.”
While it seems a bit odd that Jesus would be given two names in the same passage, they are both meant to remind us that Jesus is not only our savior, but he is also the very presence of God in our midst. That is a good thing to remember not just during Christmas but through every season of life.
Scripture: John 1:1-5
The world can sometimes feel like a dark and scary place. The Christmas season reminds us that through Jesus, God sent a light that is powerful enough to shatter any darkness. As we near Christmas day and the nights grow longer, may we remember that the light of the world is about to be born. In him, we have nothing to fear and everything to gain.