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All I Want for Christmas

11/26/2017 – 12/31/2017

In this Advent/Christmas series we’ll look at the true gifts that Christ brings with his coming into our world. What if what we really want at Christmas isn’t found under a tree or in a store? What if it is only found in Jesus? Hope, peace, joy and love together with light, God’s presence and new life.  This is what God wants for our lives year-round. Join us this Advent as we discover these great gifts.

November 26 – Pre-Advent – LIGHT – Isaiah 2:1-5
December 3 – Advent 1 – HOPE – Romans 13:11-14
December 10 – Advent 2 – PEACE – Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12
December 17 – Advent 3 – JOY – Isaiah 35:1-10
December 24 (10 a.m.) – Advent 4 – LOVE – Matthew 1:18-25
December 24 (6 p.m.) – Christmas Eve – PRESENCE – Luke 2:1-20
December 31 – New Year’s Eve – NEW LIFE – Matthew 2:1-12

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All In Want for Christmas – New Life

We have been talking about God’s gifts of light and hope and peace and joy and love and the gift of God’s presence with us. But even though Christ brings us those gifts, our wants are not going to be in instantly fulfilled. We continue to wait, knowing that Christmas started to change things but that total fulfillment is in the future. God is in the process of perfecting the world and each of us. So, we need to start practicing living like we have been made new! Like the wise men we should leave Christmas by a different or new route. (Matthew 2:1-12)

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All I Want for Christmas – Presence

Tonight, we heard the story of the birth of Jesus, read from the gospel of Luke, telling us of our amazing God who came in flesh and blood to be with us. Jesus came to be “Emmanuel” – God-with-us. God who is flesh and blood. God who is here in our neighborhood. Jesus came 2000 years ago, not to a perfect world but to a world that was a mess. He came as the prophets had been promising. God does not leave us alone with our messed-up lives. (Luke 2:1-20)

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All I Want for Christmas – Joy

In our sermon series “All I Want for Christmas” we have been thinking about the gifts that Christ brings us. What would you like for Christmas? I was reminded this week of Gayla Peevey’s song “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” that she recorded at age 10 in 1953. I’ve no idea why anyone would want a hippopotamus, but children have some strange ideas that often make us smile and bring joy to the season. (Isaiah 35:1-10, Luke 1:46-55)

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All I Want for Christmas – Peace

All I Want for Christmas is Peace. What a week to choose this topic with clashes and heightened tensions across the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza. And tensions are running high in North Korea. We live in a world, in a country, where the gap between rich and poor is getting bigger, where human rights are not met.  In America, there are more guns than people with so much gun violence – two students were killed in a shooting just this Thursday at Aztec High School in New Mexico. And there is conflict in our communities, churches and families. Peace on earth seems as far away as ever. (Isaiah 11:1-10, Matthew 3:1-12)

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All I Want for Christmas: Hope

What are you hoping for this Christmas? Do you hope to survive the flood of Christmas bills or hope that there will be sufficient money to pay for your child’s college tuition or hope that the dentist won’t say it’s time for dentures? Perhaps you are hoping the GOP Tax Bill does not get passed?! Or that it does?! How hopeful are you that things will work out? (Romans 13:11-14)