The Clothing of the King (Sundays)
I remember dressing up for Christmas Eve and Christmas Morning worship as a boy. While never a fan of dressing up, the idea of setting time aside in a special way through what I wore wasn’t lost on me. In Advent, our Sunday themes will relate to clothing referenced in Scripture and what those themes mean for us today. How has God dressed his people, provided for them? How should we “dress” in a metaphorical way for occasions in our life?
December 3 - Unraveling Redemption's Fabric
The symbolic and redemptive significance of clothing in Scripture.
This session examines the pivotal moment in Genesis where God clothes Adam and Eve after their fall. It highlights God's initial act of covering humanity's shame and nakedness, symbolizing the first steps toward redemption. The focus is on understanding our spiritual nakedness and the promise of being clothed in Christ's righteousness.
The Gospel passage emphasizes the Word becoming flesh, aligning with the theme of God's intervention in the human condition, just as He provided clothing for Adam and Eve.
Genesis 3:14-21; John 1:1-14
December 10 - An Enviable Style
The story of Joseph's coat and its connection to Christ. This week delves into the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors, drawing parallels between Joseph's journey and Christ's redemptive work. It explores themes of favor, suffering, and redemption, emphasizing how Joseph's experiences foreshadow Christ's ultimate sacrifice for humanity. The session encourages embracing the righteousness of Christ, our spiritual clothing.
The Gospel reading describes Jesus' return to Nazareth and the rejection he faces, paralleling Joseph's experience of betrayal and suffering.
Genesis 37:1-4; Luke 4:16-30
December 17 - Clothed in Conviction
The theme of repentance and clothing in humility. The third session centers on the theme of repentance and humility, as exemplified by the story of Jonah and the city of Nineveh. It discusses the significance of wearing sackcloth and ashes as symbols of humility and repentance. The focus is on the importance of genuine repentance and reliance on Christ's humility for our spiritual well-being.
The Gospel reading is The Prodigal Son's return and his father's act of clothing him in the best robe symbolize repentance, forgiveness, and restoration. It aligns well with the theme of wearing humility and repentance as seen in Jonah and the people of Nineveh.
Jonah 3:6-10; Luke 15:11-24
December 24 - Embrace the Eternal
Micah 7:18-20; Luke 1:76-79
Christmas Letters (Wednesdays)
"Christmas Letters" is a thematic Advent journey, marked by weekly focuses. Each week, we will dwell with a short letter written by someone written in the congregation. The first week, "Light in the Darkness," will emphasize hope and preparation for Christ's arrival. Subsequent weeks bring themes of peace and reflection, joy and celebration, culminating in the fourth week's focus on love and fulfillment, each marked by Bible readings, candle lighting, and reflective practices.
December 6 - Light In the Darkness
Isaiah 9:2; Luke 1:76-79
December 13 - Stillness Amidst the Storm
Micah 5:2-5; Luke 1:26-33
December 20 - Rejoice in the Promise
Isaiah 12:2-6; Luke 1:39-45