This fall we have focused on the Gospel Revolution, the Good News of God’s grace and love freely given to us in Jesus Christ. As we now enter into the season of the church year which celebrates the revelation of God’s love and mercy of God in Jesus, we have many reasons for gratitude. We serve a great and gracious God who has blessed us during the past year with growth in faith, hope, and love — and holds out to us the prospect of his continued presence and blessing as we seek to walk in obedience to his call.
More than simply a time of making preparation for the Christmas celebration, the season of Advent has a penitential aspect. Indeed, it has been described as a “little Lent” when God’s people are called to the disciplines of prayer, examination, and repentance that we might welcome our Lord Jesus more fully into our lives and be ready to meet him when he comes.
Our theme for this Advent season will focus on the gifts of peace, hope, joy, and love which God grants to us through the Gospel. These will provide the theme for our Sunday services and the personal devotional material available each Sunday. I invite you to take part in the opportunities of the season to draw closer to our Savior and experience the Gift of the Gospel.
Grace & Peace,
ADVENT / CHRISTMAS – 2015
The Gift of the Gospel
Sunday, December 13: ADVENT 3
9:00 & 11:15 – Morning Worship – Sermon: “The Gift of Joy” (View Devotional)
10:15 – Sunday School
4:00 p.m. – Christmas Musical Program with Snapback (formerly known as the New England Ukulele Ensemble)
Thursday, December 24: CHRISTMAS EVE
4:30 p.m. Family Service – “Tell The Story!” An informal service celebrating the joy of Christmas.
7:30 p.m. Candlelight Service – A service celebrating God’s plan of grace through music and readings.
Sunday, December 27: SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS
10:00 a.m. Morning Worship – (One Service Only) – Sermon: “Share the Gift”