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The Second Sunday of Advent

Matthew chapter 1 is very interesting.  The first half consists of a long list of names that are easy to just skim over.  The second half contains very familiar words about the birth of Jesus…so familiar that instead of having these words address us, there is the danger of being lulled to sleep by them.
And yet throughout chapter 1 there are such important messages that God has for us, in both the long list of names (the genealogy of Jesus) and in the familiar words.
This Sunday in the Auditorium Pastor Bill brings the message titled God With Us.   We’ll begin in the “skim over section” and recognize how each of us can see a reflection of ourselves in that long list of names.  And then we’ll turn our attention to the “familiar word section” and allow those  three words – “God With Us”  – to address us rather than lull us to sleep.
Pastor Ray brings the message in the 11:00 Chapel service.  His message is titled Hope With a Risk.   As we move into the second week of the Advent Season, we will be looking at the story of an elderly couple – Zechariah and Elizabeth.  We will see that Advent invites us into hope, and yet hope does not come without risk.  Our Scripture text is found in Luke’s gospel, chapter 1.

SUNDAY SERVICES

8:00 Service in the Auditorium

Worship & Praise:  It Came Upon a Midnight Clear…Hark! The Herald Angels Sing…How Great Our Joy
Message:  God With Us
Responsive Prayer and Lighting of Advent Candle
Music Ministry:  Kids’ Choir led by Barb Harbaugh

9:30 and 11:00 Services in the Auditorium

Worship & Praise:  Angels From the Realms of Glory…Joy to the World…Your Name…What A Beautiful Name
Message:  God With Us
Responsive Prayer and Lighting of Advent Candle
Closing:  O Come, O Come Emmanuel

11:00 Service in the Chapel

Worship & Praise:  It Came Upon a Midnight Clear…Hark! The Herald Angels Sing…How Great Our Joy
Music Ministry: Bethlehem Dreams (Bell Choir)
Message:  Hope With a Risk
Responsive Prayer and Lighting of Advent Candle
Closing: As With Gladness Men of Old

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