Journey to Bethlehem

This sermon series is based on The Journey: Walking the Road to Bethlehem by Adam Hamilton. The Advent season invites us to make a journey to Bethlehem with Mary and Joseph and greet the newborn baby Jesus. Encountering God in the baby Jesus is the beginning of a lifelong journey we are all invited to make. During this series, we will answer four (4) questions:

  • What happened in the time leading up to the first Christmas?
  • What does the story teach us about the character of God?
  • What does the story tell us about the child whose birth we celebrate?
  • What does this story mean for our lives today? 

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Mary of Nazareth

Luke 1:26-38

The journey to Bethlehem begins in Nazareth, an insignificant, poor suburb of Sepphoris. Mary is an insignificant, young girl. At the time it would have natural to ask, why her? (Or for her to ask, why me?) It would have been natural to ask, why Nazareth? (After all “can anything good come from Nazareth?”) But this is the way God works. God is often found in “insignificant” places, working in the lives of “insignificant” people. The Advent challenge is be open to the possibility that we will encounter Christ, and God might do something new in our lives. Because God uses unexpected people, we must also be open to the stranger God will send us. And like Mary, when we encounter God, we should say, “yes.”

Celtic Service of Hope

Sunday, December 19

5 p.m.

This month's Celtic service will air a week early on Facebook and Youtube.

Celebrate Christ's Birth with Us

Worship In-person or Online

Dec. 24

5 p.m. Family Service

8 p.m. Candlelight & Communion

11 p.m. Candlelight & Communion

This Will Be a Sign

Luke 2:8-20

Christmas traditions are vitally important. They are important, and we keep them, because they have meaning for us. They remind us of the Christmas spirit of love and grace and joy and peace, which we allow ourselves to experience for a few weeks (or days) every year. But we secretly believe that the Christmas spirit isn’t “real.” The real world is what we get back to when we put away the decorations. But the power of Christmas is that the baby born in Bethlehem is a sign of the gift of God’s grace, and that through Jesus, we can experience the Christmas spirit all the time. What would happen in our lives if we didn’t put the Christmas spirit away this year?

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