Jesus' First Advent
Advent is a four-week liturgical season leading up to Christmas. Advent literally means "coming" and refers to Jesus' first coming as a little baby born in Bethleham 2,000 years ago. Advent is a time to reflect on the incarnation--God coming into the world as a human being. It’s interesting that God did not just suddenly appear in the form of a fully-formed adult human being but instead was born into the world as a little baby.
Jesus, the son of God, came into the world in the ordinary way just like the rest of us. Jesus had a real, human mother who became pregnant, albiet, in an unusual way, but her pregnancy was the normal nine months, and she gave birth in the usual manner.
It’s a mystery how God Almighty could take on human form, yet this is the heart of the Christmas story. God become flesh. The Bible says,
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning . . . The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:1-2, 14).1
The mystery of God's incarnation is God's way of fully revealing himself to us so that we can see him for who he truly is and it was God's way to bring redemption to lost, sinful humanity. God himself came to us in the form of Jesus Christ whose main purpose for coming was to give himself as a ransom for sin. Jesus said that he
came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 19:10).
As we come into the Christmas season, let's thank God that he didn't leave us alone to wander aimlessly without hope of finding God's love and forgiveness. Let's thank God that he sent a savior. As the angels proclaimed on that first Christmas day,
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord (Luke 2:11).
Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season,
Pastor Steve Lorenz
November 10th, 2016
1John 1:1-2, 14; THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. All other references to the Bible are from the NIV.
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We will soon be voting on a new budget and new officers for 2017. We can praise God for his faithfulness and the sacrificial giving and service of church members through the years.
Pie and Praise Thanksgiving Service -- Saturday, November 19th at 1:30pm
First Week of Advent -- November 27th
Second Week of Advent -- December 4th
Annual Congregational Meeting -- December 11th
Third Week of Advent -- December 11th
Leadership Team meeting -- Tuesday, December 13th, 7:00p.m.
Fourth Week of Advent -- December 18th
Christmas Eve -- Saturday, December 24th
Weekly and monthly activities
Praise Team rehearsal
- 9:30a.m. to 10:30a.m.
Sunday morning worship service - 10:45a.m.
Tuesday Prayer Meeting
Tuesday Ladies Bible Study
Wednesday Prayer Meeting
- 7:00 - 8:00p.m.
Saturday English Classes (ESL) - 10:00a.m. to 12:00noon
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