Advent I + Dec 1 Isaiah 2:1-5 Romans 13: 11-14 Matthew 24: 36-44
Sermon: Jesus is Wisdom + Pastor on Colossians 1:24-2:3
In just a few short weeks, Christmas will be celebrated throughout the world. Preparations are already underway. And so it is with the Church. The weeks leading up to the celebration of the Nativity of our Lord are spent in careful preparation for His arrival. This is the purpose of the season of Advent – to get ready for Jesus. We do so by reviewing exactly who we are looking for. Who is this Jesus?
Advent II + Dec 8 Isaiah 11: 1-10 Romans2 15: 4-13 Matthew 3: 1-12
Sermon: Jesus is the Root of Jesse + Pastor on Isaiah 11: 1-10
Jesus is indeed Wisdom. But He is also the descendent of King David. Centuries before the shepherds heard the angels sing Glory to God in the Highest, Jesus’ forebears, Boaz, was one of the chief shepherds in the area around Bethlehem. One of his sons, Jesse, would be the father o the eventual king of Israel, David. From this root, from the Root of Jesse, comes Jesus.
Advent III + Dec 15 Isaiah 35: 1-10 James 5: 7-11 Matthew 11: 2-15
Sermon: Jesus is Lord + Pastor on Exodus 3: 16-6, 13-15
Jesus is Lord. That is the great confession of the Church. The Lord God who have Ten Words to Moses on Mount Sinai is the Lord God who was born in Bethlehem and died on Mount Calvary. The Lord God who promised a restoration to Jacob’s fortunes is the Lord God who poured out His Spirit in order to restore man’s fortunes with God.
Advent IV + Dec 22 Isaiah 7: 10-17 Romans 1: 1-7 Matthew 1: 18-25
Sermon: Jesus is Immanuel + Pastor on Isaiah 7: 10-14
Long before the Lord announces the name Immanuel – God with us, God was already with His people. He always was. Never a doubt on God’s part, just on man’s. His people didn’t always believe it. And so, when the time was right, as his people needed it most, the supplied mercy and help, and revealed Himself to us – Immanuel!
For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given… With these words, the Prophet Isaiah introduces Jesus Christ, whose humble birth in Bethlehem we celebrate. However, we do not see Jesus as merely a babe in swaddling cloths and resting in a manger. He is King and the Light of the World.
Come join us on Christmas Eve for a special service of Carols and Lessons, Tuesday, December 24, 2013. Worship begins at 7 PM and will feature a sermon entitled “Jesus is King,” based on Psalm 72.
On Christmas Day, beginning at 10 AM, we celebrate the Festival of the Nativity of our Lord with great fanfare, familiar hymns and carols, and a sermon based on John 1: 1-5, 9-14 and entitled: “Jesus is the Light.”
Christmas Eve + Dec 24 Isaiah 7: 10-14 I John 4: 7-16 Matthew 1: 18-25
Sermon: Jesus is King + Pastor on Psalm 72
Christmas Day + Dec 25 Isaiah 52: 7-10 Hebrews 1: 1-6 John 1: 1-18
Sermon: Jesus is the Light + Pastor on John 1; 1-5, 9-14
Christmas I + Dec 29 Ezekiel 2:1-3:3 Romans 11:1-10 Mark 6: 1-6
Sermon: I See You + Pastor on Mark 6: 1-6
You are simply not welcomed here! That’s what Jesus’ neighbors said when He came to preach in His hometown. Gone were the days when angels announced His arrival among us and shepherds adored Hi8m. There were no Magi coming over the horizon to offer Him homage and gifts. Now, Jesus could not even find a place to rest. Will you give Him a home in your heart?