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Unwrapping the Gifts of Advent – The Gift of Peace
December 9 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9am – Classical Worship
11am – Contemporary Worship
Peace in the Midst of Conflict
Do you ever look at the world and say to yourself, “This just isn’t right. It’s not supposed to be this way. Violence and injustice. There has to be better way!” Of course if you go to any playground where children are playing, you’ll eventually hear someone scream the same thing: “Hey, that’s not fair!” A sense of justice comes with being human. The voice of God, through those wild-eyed, visionary, peace-hungry prophets went something like this: “You were made for better days. The strong oppress the weak; the rich pummel the poor; nation goes to war against nation. But I, the Lord, have made you for better days, and I will bring those better days to pass.” The ancient Jews had a word to describe those better days. They called it Shalom. For the Jews, the hope of Shalom was wrapped up in a person. Someone is coming, they believed, who will open the door to peace. That someone is Jesus.
Next week, December 16 – The Gift of Joy