Pastor’s Prattle

December 2021

Can you believe it’s already the beginning of another church year? Advent begins a whole new cycle, as we prepare for our celebration of God breaking into history in a personal way in Jesus Christ. This season marks our preparation for the coming of our Savior, not only in the future, when he takes us all home, but in the past, when he came to begin his redemptive work.

This year, however, we are going to celebrate Advent a little differently. Our theme for the season is “Behold the Child.” We are going to take the entire Advent season to celebrate the big event of Christ’s birth and what it means. So those of you that already have Christmas decorations up—you’re really not too early!

Here is what you can expect:

Advent 1 – November 28
“Behold the Child—For You and All the People” – remembering the shepherds’ encounter with the angels and the news they brought.

Advent 2 – December 5
“Behold the Child—To Set You Free from All Your Sorrow”—following the wise men on their visit to Jesus and the joy that they felt.

Advent 3 – December 12
Christmas Cantata—“The Word Became Flesh”—as we behold the coming of the child in word and song.

Advent 4 – December 19
“Behold the Child—For You, to Bear Your Flesh in Weakness”—joining with Mary as she lifts up her prayer, magnifying the Lord for his grace toward her.

I invite you to join us each week, preferable in person, so that we can be an encouragement to each other. This will be a month-long celebration of the true meaning of the Christmas event, one that we hope will increase your joy when we gather on Christmas itself.

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger…And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.” God’s Angel, Luke 2:10-12, 17, ESV