Dear Church Family
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere I go…” As Tom and I drove home on this December evening, we slowed down to get a good look at the streets and homes that are lined with beautiful lights and decorations. Some people are excited, anticipating the Christmas season, while others say, ” Bah, humbug. What’s all this activity about?”
Well, I’ll tell you what it’s about, or what it should be about. We are entering Advent, the season of preparation for the coming of our King. The definition of Advent as a noun is “the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.” (Jesus Christ) In Christian theology, the definition is “the coming or second coming of Christ.” It is “the first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays.”
So we as Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, have entered Advent. The question in my heart is, “Do your Christmas preparations help you and those around you to remember the first coming of Jesus Christ? Are you celebrating His coming into the world to be our Savior, our Redeemer, our King? Are you making yourself, your family, your friends, and your neighbors ready for the return of our King?”
To help you in this holy season, I will share a daily Scripture verse, prayer, song, or thought to jump-start your Advent meditation. Journal the Scriptures and truths the Lord reveals to you during this beautiful journey to discover the real meaning of Christmas. Develop a deeper Christian life and prepare for our soon-returning King!
For Day 1, meditate on this prophecy from Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,” ESV. The new covenant promised in Jeremiah 31 is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. With his blood through his death on the cross, Jesus establishes the new covenant where God’s law is written upon people’s hearts, and God shall be their God and they shall be God’s people. All this is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Thank God for the new covenant. Sing “Open the Eyes of My Heart”.
Day 2: Matthew 26:28 NIV “This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
Meditate on the promise of God- His new covenant that He made with all who will receive Him. Pray and thank God for His covenant with us- that Jesus Christ would suffer and die on the cross, pouring His blood out, to be the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Now we can receive forgiveness of sins. We’re forgiven! Thank Jesus for His precious Blood. Sing “I’m Forgiven.” Now plan a way to demonstrate the “new covenant” to people around you.
Thanking God for His Son
Pastors Tom and Rayanna
CONNECT THIS WEEK:
Food Pantry is open Thursday, 12:00-3:30 pm, Dream Center GLT.
Blessing Store is open this week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, 1-5 pm,
Youth Wednesday: 5:30-7:30 pm, Dream Center GLT
Wednesday Prayer Meeting: 7 pm at JMH
Christmas Choir Rehearsal 12:00-1:30 pm, JMH;
Christmas Drama Rehearsal 2:00-3:30 pm, JMH.
KIDZ KONNECT GINGERBREAD TREE: Take the name of a campus or community child from the tree in JMH Lobby. Write your name, phone number. and email on the list on the desk; pray daily for the child and their family; bring their gift ($10-15) to Church by Friday, December 10th with the child’s name and your name on the gift. Gifts will be given out at our Kidz Konnect Christmas Party Saturday, December 11th,10:30 am-12:00 pm in Student Center
Hearts4Him Ladies Ministry: Saturday, December 11th, 2 pm in JMH
“A Ticket to Christmas” Christmas Musical Presentation, Sunday, December 12th, 10 am service
Free Tickets will be available to share with friends, family, and those who need Jesus.
Refocus: Worship, Prayer, and Word: Saturday, December 18, 2-8 pm, JMH
Carols & Candlelight: Sunday, December 19, 10 am, JMH. Followed by finger foods and fellowship.