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2018 ADVENT/CHRISTMAS
Our worship this Advent and Christmas will focus on the well-loved Christmas 

carol "Silent Night", which celebrates its 200th anniversary this Christmas Eve.
 
Sunday, December 2   ::   Advent 1: Peace   ::   “Sleep in Heavenly Peace”
Philippians 4:7 / Isaiah 2: 1-4
Are you a good sleeper? What keeps you up at night? We will examine what it

means to sleep in heavenly peace and look to ways to share this peace with others.

Sunday, December 9   ::   Advent 2: Joy   ::   “Christ the Savior is Born”
Luke 2:8-20 / Psalm 86: 9-11
The shepherds’ fear stole their joy at first. Fear can steal your joy and make us miss the good things happening around you. We will discover how to have more joy and express your joy more fully.

Sunday, December 16  ::  Advent 3: Love   ::   “Jesus, Lord at Thy Birth”   ::   John 1: 1-18 / Isaiah 9: 2, 6-7
We will discover the connection between light and love, love and life, and life and redeeming love. This will help us understand the greatness of God’s love for us in deeper ways, and encourage us to express this love to God and others.

Sunday, December 23   ::   Advent 4: Hope   ::   “Christ the Savior is Born”   ::   Revelation 19:1-10 / Isaiah 11:1-10
We will discover the meaning of the words “Hallelujah” and “Alleluia”. Then we will apply what we learn to praising our new born King. Our praise will fill us with hope.

Christmas Eve, December 24   ::   “Silent Night”   ::   Luke 2:1-20
The great hymn Silent Night was born out of a musical dilemma. The organ was broken for a church’s Christmas Eve service. There was also brokenness in people hearts in the time when Jesus was born. Truly Jesus’ birth brought a ‘silent night’ to those who were looking forward to his coming back then and today as well.

Sunday, December 31   ::   “How Christmas Stole the Grinch”   ::   Luke 2:19 / 1 Timothy 1:15-17
The Grinch thought he would steal Christmas away from Whoville. The Grinch soon experienced Christmas stealing his heart. His heart grew 3 sizes and he grained the strength of 10 Grinches plus 2. In many ways the discovery that the Grinch made is something we all need to discover as well. When we do our hearts will grow and we will be stronger.

Epiphany Sunday, January 6   ::   “What made the Wisemen Wise?”   ::   Proverbs 3 / Matthew 2: 1-12
Were the wise men wise because they had money, education, and power? No, we call them wise because of how they followed the star, offered gifts to Jesus, and gave Him praise. We to can discover wisdom in how we respond to Jesus.



2019 WINTER SERMONS

January Sermons - Christians Reformers
We will take a deep look at the three Protestant reforms great contributions to the church. Their revolutionary ideas and new beliefs continue to inspire and lead millions of people today.

Sunday, January 13   ::   Martin Luther   ::   Romans 1:17 / Ephesians 2:1-10
Martin Luther was the first Protestant reformer. He took his discontent with the Catholic Church and turned it into the Reformation. We will examine his life and see how his contributions still challenge and lead us today.

Sunday, January 20   ::   John Calvin   ::   1 Corinthians 13:12 / Romans 28:26-30
John Calvin was a great theologian. Harnessing the winds of change from the Reformation, he began a religious movement. Calvin’s distinctive beliefs still challenge and inspire millions today.

Sunday, January 27   ::   Huldrych Zwingli   ::   Romans 14:1-4 / Psalm 85
Huldrych Zwingli was an amazing reformer. His perspective of the Bible and faithful living gained many followers. Zwingli contributions to the Christianity still call us to more faith filled living today.

 
February Sermons - Prayers from the Heart
We will take a deep look at some of the most famous and influential prayers that hold great meaning for so many people. These prayers will inspire and challenge us.

Sunday, February 3   ::   Serenity Prayer   ::   Isaiah 26:3 / Philippians 4:4-9
The authorship of the serenity prayer is a mystery, yet the power of the prayer is self-evident. It was first used in Alcohol Anonymous meetings and then popularized to the point of being printed on everything from coffee mugs to T-shirts.  We will learn about the prayer and how to apply it to our lives.

Sunday, February 10  ::   Prayer of Mother Teresa   ::   Luke 10:25-37 / Matthew 25:31-40
St. Teresa of Calcutta, one of the greatest saints of modern times, was an inspiration around the world, to both religious and non-religious people alike. Above all, Mother Teresa practiced what she preached, and her actions continue to remind us of the power of Christian charity. She authored many prayers but we will focus on the one she prayed every day. It energized her life and it can energize yours as well.

Sunday, February 17  ::   Prayer of St. Francis   ::   Luke 9:3 / Matthew 16:24-27
Although he came from a wealthy family, St. Francis developed a burning desire as a young man to emulate our Lord in his love of charity and voluntary poverty. He went so far at one point as to sell his horse, and cloth from his father’s store, to help pay for the rebuilding of a church! The prayer of St. Francis, sets a tone for faithful living and serving of the Lord.

Sunday, February 24  ::   Children’s Bedtime Prayer   ::   Deuteronomy 31:6 / Psalm 121
This modern prayer can be traced back to the hand of Pope Leo III in the year 800. A version of the prayer became popular in America as it was printed in a school book for kids in Boston by the Puritans. The prayer is simple but it calls for great faith for all who offer it to God. It will challenge us to put death in its place and encourage us to deepen our trust in God.

 

Psalm 122:1

I was glad when they said unto me, 'Let us go into the house of the Lord.'

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