Sunday to Monday | We are Safe and Not Alone

“The central promise in the Bible is not ‘I will forgive you,’ although of course that promise is there. It is not the promise of life after death, although we are offered that as well. The most frequent promise in the Bible is ‘I will be with you.’ ” ~ John Ortberg

We gathered for the 4th Sunday in Advent and the Advent theme of peace. We completed our Advent wreath of dreams for hope, love, joy and peace. We celebrated the baptism of Louis Michael and rejoiced to welcome this adorable child into the family of God. 

The scripture was Matthew's version of Jesus' birth, Matt 1:18-25. The story of God coming to Joseph in a dream telling him it was okay to marry Mary and to name the Spirit-conceived baby, Jesus because he is Immanuel. Jesus means "saves" because he will save his people from their sins. And Immanuel means "God is with us." The gift of Christmas to us is that God saves (not God saved) and that God is with us. Now. If you missed being with us, watch here

Check out what we've been up to join Jesus in his mercy to change me, we and the world. 

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Take the message into your Christmas week: 

  • What does the idea of God being with you really mean for you?
  • How can the Good News that one of Jesus' names means "save" help you to feel safe?
  • What can we do to prepare ourselves for the coming of God into the world so that we know it’s forever?
  • Looking ahead to next week: How does Christmas impact your life on Dec 26 and into the days of the new year? 

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