First in a four part series (attrib. David Lose) for the season on Advent. Based on Luke 21:25-36
The risk we take when we live out, “I believe…” Is this real or just a fantasy…Find out
As you may already know, there is an ancient practice of following the days and months of the year focused on the life of the Church. We call this, “The Church Year.” Just like we have seasons in the way we speak of our calendar year, we have seasons in the church year.
We begin the church year with the season of Advent. These are the days leading up to Christmas. Each week of Advent is marked by the lighting of a new candle.
Advent is a time to focus on the coming of Jesus, both as the baby Jesus born into the world about 2000 years ago, and King Jesus who will return to bring heaven and earth together as one in the last days.
Promises of Advent is the theme for each Sunday of Advent. Each week we will hear how God follows through on promises in our life.
Promises of Advent Sundays@ 10 a.m.
December 2 Advent 1: A Promise Big Enough to Save (Luke 21:25-36)
December 9 Advent 2: A Promise So Ordinary It’s Easy To Miss (Luke 3:1-6)
“LIFEhouse Living: All Things Christmas”
December 16 Advent 3: A Promise Each of Us Is Invited Into (Luke 3:7-18)
December 23 Advent 4: A Promise That Changes the World (Luke 1:39-55)
First, we will gather for worship on the four Sundays of Advent. The theme for these Sundays will be “The Promises of Advent.” Each week we will hear how God follows through on promises in our life.
Second, we will focus on living intentionally for God during Advent. We will have various themes for each day on how we can be intentional in God’s world.
Third, we will hear God’s Word for Advent. Thursdays, December 6, 13, and 20@ 6:30-7 a.m. or 6-6:30 p.m. we will gather in the Fireside Room morning or evening, and simply listen to God’s word being read. We will hear the whole story of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Mark.
Thursdays Of Advent
December 6, 13, 20
The public reading of Scripture is one of the most ancient, time-honored practices of God’s people that is recorded in Scripture. For example, the Apostle Paul gave these instructions to his apprentice, Timothy:
“Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching” (1 Timothy 4:13).
We will listen to the Gospel of Mark, bringing refreshment during this hectic season. Using The Bible Experience, the best selling audio Bible, with the voices of performers such as Forest Whitaker, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett, God’s Word will come alive. We offer the same reading at two different times. One in the early morning to start your day. Or time in the evening to be renewed at the end of the day.