Advent Series - Wonders of His Love
This Christmas we recall the wonders of His love that appeared the night Jesus was born. How might God continue to use these “wonders” even today to prepare our hearts to worship Him, change our hearts to serve Him, and fill our hearts to follow Him. “And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” Luke 2:18
December 4 - Choirs of Angels (Wednesday)
What an experience it must have been for the shepherds when a multitude of angels appeared in the night sky and sang, “Glory to God in the highest” and when one of the angels told the to go to Bethlehem to find “the Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Reading: Luke 2:8-14
December 11 - A Manger Bed (Wednesday)
The shepherds were so overcome with excitement over this good news of great joy that they ran to find “Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” That God would send His Son, once enthroned in heaven, to a lowly feeding trough shows the depth and richness of His love.
Reading: Luke 2:15-20
December 18 - A Bright Star (Wednesday)
A brilliant light pierced the darkness of the night sky and shone down on the place where the Christ Child was. Wise men from the East would follow that star and come, bringing gifts, to worship this newborn King. We celebrate this season the Light of the World by giving gifts to one another as reflections of the Greatest Gift of all: Jesus Christ our Lord.
Reading: Matthew 2:1-12
Your family may celebrate Christmas with the same traditions year after year. Or maybe the traditions have changed over the years, but you find great joy in remembering the way things used to be. During this season of Advent, as we approach Christmas, we will take a look at the Old Testament book of Isaiah. Here we find some reminders of old traditions, old promises, old prophesy of the greatest gift ever given.
December 1 - Peace on Earth
We may recall a day when the approaching Christmas season seemed to bring peace. Or at least we sang songs about it, or decorated with items that proclaimed it. Or maybe we simply recall a day, when things seemed more peaceful in our homes, or our community. Our reading for today proclaims a day of true peace, when His peace is known.
Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44
December 8 - Christmas Spirit
Do you have traditions that “get you into” the Christmas spirit? Setting up the Christmas tree, baking, shopping, listening to Christmas music? In our reading for today we are reminded of the Spirit that fills the One that is to come. Instead of considering how we get into the spirit, we celebrate the Spirit that “gets into” us.
Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12
December 15 - Looking for a Christmas Miracle
Part of your families Christmas tradition might include doing something good for a person in need. People actually seem more eager this time of year to cross barriers that may have hindered a relationship with someone in need. Even here in this Old Testament reading, long before Jesus walked this earth, we find a description of the greatest miracle of all. We find the miracle of restoration brought to those in need.
Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10, Matthew 11:2-15
December 22 - Patiently Counting the Days
Things can get a little tense in the days to come. Your Christmas tradition may include counting down the days, and now every moment seems to demand greater patience. In our reading for today we find one who tested the patience of God. Yet, in return God would continue to provide His promise of a sign - the sign of Immanuel.
Readings: Isaiah 7:10-17, Matthew 1:18-25
December 24 - Love Came Down (Christmas Eve @ 6:30pm)
“God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love - not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.”
Readings: 1 John 4:7-16, Luke 2:1-14
December 24 - Candlelight (Christmas Eve @ 11:00pm)
A very powerful Christmas tradition involves candlelight. We come to a worship service like the one this evening, often recalling the years that have passed, or the songs that have been sung. Christmas traditions can bring much comfort, but don’t let the tradition of a candle overshadow the Light of the World Jesus Christ that has come to give you life.
Readings: Isaiah 9:2-7, Luke 2:1-14
December 25 - Familiar Faces (Christmas Day @ 10:00am)
As we celebrate Christmas, we are thankful for the opportunity to see family and friends. We are thankful to see loved ones that we may not have seen in the past year. There is an interesting detail in our reading today, that describes Jesus as One who the world didn’t recognize. Even the very world that He created did not recognize Him. Praise be to God that He recognizes us as His beloved children.
Readings: Isaiah 52:7-10, John 1:1-14
December 29 - Forgetting
It is the first Sunday after Christmas, but we may have already moved on and left thoughts of the season in the past. Maybe it is a part of your tradition to clean up, pack up, and prepare for the New Year. In our Old Testament reading for today, we are reminded of the value, comfort and joy of taking the time to praise God. May we not so quickly forget the gift that He has given.
Readings: Isaiah 63:7-14, Matthew 2:13-23