“Do not be afraid.” – The Angels
The angels that appear in the story of Jesus’ birth would have been very comfortable in our world of tweets and hashtags. Their messages were often short and to the point–their favorite line being #DoNotBeAfraid. As we look at the stories of these winged messengers to Zechariah, Mary, Joseph, and the Shepherds, and their reactions to them, we will contemplate what messages we can offer that will counteract a culture of fear and bring #morehope, #morepeace, #morejoy, and #morelove to the world.
December 3: Advent 1 – Make Ready a People #morehope – Luke 1:1-25, 57-80
Have you ever had a moment in your life after which you knew nothing would ever be the same? In the midst of great change, hope is always a welcome thing. Advent can remind us that God makes us ready for whatever unknown may come our way and calls us to be messengers of #morehope in an ever-changing world.
December 10: Advent 2 – Nothing is Impossible #morepeace – Luke 1:26-56
Have you ever struggled with finding your purpose and being at peace with it? Or are you yearning for more peace in your life and relationships? #morepeace in the world happens when all of us feel #morepeace within ourselves and live out that message each day.
December 17: Advent 3 – Do Not Be Afraid #morejoy – Matthew 1:18-25
Keeping up “appearances” can rob us of our #morejoy. Let us be messengers of encouragement and steadfast support, as Joseph was for Mary and Jesus, for that which the Spirit is birthing in the world.
December 24: Advent 4 – This Will Be a Sign #morelove – Luke 2:1-20
This will be our bi-lingual service for December at our usual 10:00 am time. The service will feature a telling of the Christmas story – in both Spanish and English, and remind us of God’s love for the whole world. Enjoy Christmas carols as we offer up to God our voices in praise.
December 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 10:00pm – I Bring You Great Tidings #DoNotBeAfraid
This service will look at our angel messengers and focus on the great news of the angels to the shepherds, the least of their society. With both our house band and the JuBELLation bell choir participating, we will enjoy music of the season and light candles as our sign of being God’s messengers bringing hope, peace, joy, and love into a hurting world.
December 31: First Sunday of Christmas – Get Up and Go – Matthew 2:1-23 #morelife
Joseph and his new family were in danger from the Roman Empire; now he needed the angels timely warnings more than ever. Jesus, the Savior of Humankind becomes a refugee–forced from home by oppression and violence. We ask ourselves how we might usher in #morelife in the face of that which feels destructive. One last time in this series we hear the message #DoNotBeAfraid to get up and go–leaving those things that weigh us down and moving into the new year with new life.