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Our series for the Advent/Christmas Season this year is called, Christmas before Christ.  That might sound a little odd at first, how was there Christmas before Jesus since it’s the celebration of his birth?  But the truth is that the prophets of the OT, most notably Isaiah, spoke about a day when the Messiah would be born, they spoke about Christmas long before Christ had come.  So, this year we are going to look at Christmas from their perspective to some degree.  As we do, we will find that there is a lot we can learn about Christmas from these words written hundreds of years before Jesus was born.

Christmas Before Christ

Dec 03 - A Hope to Come (Mary / Hope)

Communion

Isaiah 11:1-9 & Luke 1:26-38

The Prophet Isaiah spoke of the Messiah who would one day come bringing hope, and the angle that appeared to Mary told her that she would give birth to the Messiah and proclaimed that hope.

Dec 10 - A Peace to Come (Angles/Peace)

Choir Sunday – Special Service led by our choir!

Isaiah 9:6 & Luke 2:8-15

The Prophet Isaiah spoke of the Messiah who would one day come bringing peace and the angle that appeared to the shepherds announced his birth and proclaimed that peace.

Dec 17 - A Joy to Come (Shepherds / Joy)

Isaiah 9:1-7 Luke 2:8-15

The Prophet Isaiah spoke of the Messiah who would one day come bringing joy, and the angle that appeared to shepherds announced his birth and proclaimed that joy.

Dec 24 - A Love to Come (Joseph / Love)

One Service @ 10:00 am

Isaiah 7:13-17 & Matthew 1:18-25

The Prophet Isaiah spoke of the Messiah who would one day come bringing love, and the angle that appeared to Joseph told him that his son would be the Messiah and proclaimed that love.

Dec 24 - The Time Has Come (Jesus / Christmas)

Christmas Eve Services
4 pm, 7:30 pm and 9 pm

Luke 2:1-21 & Various Old Testament Passages

The Old Testament Prophets spoke of the coming Messiah in many ways over hundreds of years, and the gospel of Luke tells us the story of the night that the time finally came for him to be born.

Dec 31 - A Faith to Come (Us / Faith)

One Service @ 10:00 am

Isaiah 9:2, John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-16

The Prophet Isaiah spoke of the Messiah who would one day come bringing light to a dark world, Jesus proclaimed that he was the light of the world and he called us to reflect his light.  Today we will share testimonies as a part of our worship and let the light of Christ shine through these stories of faith.

Jan 07 - A Life to Come (Magi / Life)

Epiphany Sunday

Matthew 2:1-23 & Various Old Testament Passages

The Old Testament Prophets spoke of the coming Messiah in many ways including the fact that kings & rulers would come to him and also of the events following his birth.  The gospel of Matthew tells the story of when these things came to pass.

Matt Hoyt Preaching

Message by: Matt Hoyt

 

 

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