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Anticipation

11/25/2018 – 12/30/2018

In this Advent and Christmas season, we will explore the events leading to the birth of Christ, as told by the gospel writer Luke. We will journey with Elizabeth, Zechariah, Mary and Joseph in their time of anticipation and waiting; and as we do so, we will encounter angels and hear the words of poetic songs that burst forth. As we anticipate God made flesh in Jesus, our waiting is mingled with the gift of time and space to dream new dreams and experience the light of hope, love, joy and peace.

November 25 – Waiting in the Silence – Luke 1:1-25
December 2– Holy Disruptions – Luke 1:26-38 (Candle of Hope)
December 9 – Journeying Together – Luke 1:39-45,56 (Candle of Love)
December 16 – Overpowering Emotions – Luke 1:46-55 (Candle of Joy)
December 23 – Great Expectations – Luke 1:57-80 (Candle of Peace)
December 24 (Christmas Eve) – Rise Up & Follow – Luke 2:1-20
December 30 – Now is the Moment – Luke 2:21-52

Sermons will be added here as they become available.

now is the moment

Now is the Moment

Simeon has been waiting for a Savoir for a long time, and when Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the Temple, and as he holds the baby, he sees something special there. The words Simeon uses to praise God, we know today as the Nunc Dimittis. In the original Greek, the song begins with an emphatic ‘now.’ (Luke 2:21-52)

rise up & follow

Rise Up & Follow

The shepherds were visited by angels, with an amazing and holy message about the good and joyful news of our Savior’s birth and they responded by rising up and going to Bethlehem to see the newborn baby. Clearly something was happening, and the shepherds recognized this and responded. How are we going to respond to Christ this Christmas? Are we going to rise up & follow him? (Luke 2:1-20)

great expectations

Great Expectations

I wonder what it was like for Zechariah to be unable to speak for nine months. What must it have felt like? He has had plenty of time and solitude to contemplate. He has had gestational time. What has God birthed in him? Has his heart mended? Is his faith deeply restored? What renewal has he experienced? (Luke 1:57-80)

journeying together

Journeying Together

When our lives enter uncharted territory, it is always good to have a mentor to go to; someone who is on a similar journey but ahead of us, who can give us some advice. Someone who can see things that we do not always notice ourselves. (Luke 1:39-45, 56)

holy disruptions

Holy Disruptions

An angel appears to Mary surprising her and disrupting her day. When God calls, sometimes, what you are asked to do is risky. Has God ever interrupted your day? An angel is a messenger of God. We have all heard tales of supernatural encounters. But sometimes, angels are real people, a stranger or a friend. God uses different ways to nudge us and bring about a holy disruption. (Luke 1:26-38)

waiting in the silence

Waiting in the Silence

The weeks leading up to Christmas are busy and noisy times. Every shop is playing Christmas carols in a continuous loop. Retailers are ramping up their advertisements enticing us to spend more and more. We are bombarded with invitations for Christmas concerts, plays, parties, dinners etc. and are calendars are over-full with clashing engagements. Our…