Sermons – Advent Season 2018

December 2    1st Sunday of Advent, Communion

Scriptures:  Luke 3:1-9, 15-18            Theme: Carols of Hope

Thoughts: It is Advent, and time to sing the carols of Christmas and faith.  We start with ‘Hope’, for hope is the expectation that God will fulfill the promise that Christ will come with salvation for all who come in faith.  O Come, O Come Emmanuel, is the featured carol.  While Israel mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appear, expresses the desperate hope of a world that needs a savior.  We sing of hope of forgiveness, mercy, love and salvation on this first Sunday of Advent.

 

December 9    2nd Sunday of Advent, Children’s pageant

Scriptures:  Luke 1:26-55               Theme: Carols of Joy

Thoughts: Most people react with joy when they find out they are pregnant.  Mary must have had mixed feelings when she first heard the news from the angel.  But her fear and confusion soon turned to joy when she realized the source and calling of the child trusted to her.  Our reaction to the Good News of great joy that a savior is born for us is to sing the songs of Joy.  Joy to the World is one of the all time favorite carols of the faith.  We come toward Christmas ready to sing and dance with joy.  Laughter and lights and celebrations around food and gifts great the Christ born to us.  Let’s celebrate!!

 

December 16  3rd Sunday of Advent, Choir Feature

Scriptures: Luke 2:8-14                 Theme: Carols of Peace

Thoughts:  With all the turmoil of the times and the whirlwind of activity leading up to Christmas, we could use a little peace.  The prophet Isaiah calls the child born to us the Prince of Peace (9:6).  Peacemakers are called by Jesus the Children of God (Matt. 5:9).  Peace is one of the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22).  Peace is proclaimed by the angels at the birth of Jesus.  Peace is a big part of what it means to be Christian.  We sing carols of peace today to proclaim that the Prince of Peace lives in us and creates in us the possibility of our peacemaking.  Peace is our legacy.  Peace is our song today.

 

December 23  4th Sunday of Advent

Scriptures:  John 3:16-17               Theme: Carols of Love

Thoughts:  From the moment God watched Adam and Eve walk out of the Garden of Eden and away from Him, God has been trying to draw his beloved back to him.  God loves us so much that God will not leave us alone and estranged from him.  So God made it personal.  God sent God’s love in the form of a Child, born to be our savior.  We sing carols of love today, to celebrate the love God has shown to us in Christ our Lord.  Love Came Down at Christmas is the carol of the day.

 

December 24  Christmas Eve, services at 5 & 7

Scriptures:  Isaiah 9:2-7    Luke 2:1-20                Theme: Carols of Light

Thoughts: This is the Service of Carols, Communion and Candlelight.  “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light.  The light of God’s glory shone around the shepherds.  And in Matthew, the light of a great star shone to light the way of the Magi to the Christ child.  Just two days after the darkest day of the year we celebrate the birth of the Light of the World.  God’s light shines in the dark and exposes us for who we are and loves us all the more.  We come to the light this evening to be enlightened to the way of Christ.