Unwrapping the Gifts of Advent – The Gift of Love
December 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9am – Classical Worship
11am – Contemporary Worship
Love in the Face of Fear
It was a dark time for the tiny nation of Judah. The ever-expanding Assyrian Empire had already swallowed up the ten tribes of Israel and dispersed the people. The two tribes that remained in the southern kingdom of Judah lived under constant fear that they would be next. Under the shadow of this threat, it was dark even in the daytime. But Isaiah proclaims extraordinary hope: “The people who have walked in darkness have seen a great light,” words from an ancient Hebrew hymn sung over and over because they depicted the love of God who would come for his people. They continued singing the hymn down through the centuries, and they taught it from one generation to the next. Even the shepherds abiding in their fields outside of Bethlehem knew about these words. They knew about hoping for a great light that would pierce the darkness, the promise grounded in God’s love.
Christmas Eve Services – 4pm, Contemporary Family Worship, and 9pm, Candlelight Worship