Advent is a time of joy and hope! During Advent this year, we look at ways we can find more hope and joy through inclusion, acceptance, unconditional love and tolerance. We believe we can all play a role in making our community a better place with these attributes. Please join us at AM on Sundays for some or all! Sunday, December 3 — MoreHope.
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Find us here:. You can still go to You Tube and pull up the performance. The song attempts to raise the question, did Mary know that her Son would be the Christ child. Like most of these attempts to capture the spirit of Christmas, the song is beautiful and can stir our hearts. The catch is that by reading the Bible we find that Mary did in fact know that her child was special, that the words of the Angel Gabriel rang true to her faith. As we enter this season of waiting, the Advent of the birth of Jesus, we will focus our study on the faith of Mary and the others in the Christmas story. Our faith is strong but we will try to put ourselves in the sandals of the women of the Christmas story; Mary, Elizabeth, Anna and more.
It is a time of joy, color, light, and anticipation. And it is a time of worship. This is a season that calls us to fall to our knees in worship of the awesome God. Journeys begin with a choice. Shall I go or not? Shall I stay and embrace the known and the comfortable, or shall I go and maybe find something wonderful, or maybe be unsettled, upset, uncertain? In any journey of length, there will come times when questions arise. Each Sunday in the season of Advent is supposed to be feast day, a celebration, but this week is especially so.
On November 29, , Advent begins and we move into Year C of the lectionary. During this year of the three-year lectionary cycle, we will read through Luke's gospel, hear the stories and proclamations of the prophets, and spend considerable time in the epistles of Galatians, Colossians, I and II Timothy, and II Thessalonians. While the readings for each Advent in the three-year cycle vary from year to year, the pattern of these readings is always the same. We always begin with the end of all things in mind. Week 1 focuses on the second coming of Christ.