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Lightbearers: the foremothers of Christ (Advent 2019)

Advent is a four-week season of preparation for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas, much like Lent before Easter. Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” In the ancient church this season was set aside as a time of fasting, prayer, and generosity as believers consciously prepared themselves for the future advent of Christ, even as they prepared to celebrate the past advent of Christ. This year, we will be taking some time during the four weeks of Advent to prepare ourselves for the future coming of Christ by reflecting on the ways God used specific people in specific times to preserve the covenant between God and his people.


Advent is a season of anticipation, hope, and comfort; but it is also a season of waiting, lament, and darkness (“a light shines in the darkness”). We are, naturally and appropriately, excited about the coming of Christmas (and, hopefully, for Christ’s return!); but at the same time we recognize with an appropriate sorrow that things are not the way they are supposed to be.


For many, the holiday season is a time that highlights their loneliness, anxiety, family strife, broken relationships, unemployment, failed goals, and depression. Allowing Advent to speak to the ways in which the Kingdom of God, while begun in Jesus, is not yet fully realized until Christ comes again can bring comfort to people who are suffering.


In this sense, the stories of Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary as mentioned in the Gospel of Matthew are especially appropriate for the season of Advent. All five of these stories are of women in difficult situations, on the margins of society: widows, prostitutes, gentiles, abandoned, childless, poor. But God ends up using their stories of darkness to preserve the covenant when it is under threat. In that way, the Gospel of Matthew uses the stories of these women to lay a groundwork for us as to what it means to be a disciple of Jesus

November 22, 2014

Why is Jesus called Christ, Meaning Anointed?

Pastor: Series: Evening Services, Fall 2014 Topic: Anointed Passage: John 1:29–1:51

November 16, 2014

5. Giving Generously

Pastor: Series: Stewardship Topic: Generosity Passage: 2 Corinthians 8:1–8:15

November 9, 2014

4. Judging The 'Gods'

Pastor: Series: Stewardship Topic: Stewardship Passage: Psalm 82:1–82:8

November 8, 2014

If You Want To Be Somebody, Be A Slave

Pastor: Series: Evening Services, Fall 2014 Topic: Service Passage: Matthew 20:20–20:28

November 2, 2014

3. Love Is An Action Word

Pastor: Series: Stewardship Topic: World Hunger Passage: 1 John 3:1–3:24

October 26, 2014

2. Greed

Pastor: Series: Stewardship Topic: Greed Passage: Ephesians 5:1–:21

October 26, 2014

Stop the World! I Want to Get Off!

Pastor: Series: Evening Services, Fall 2014 Topic: Lamentation Passage: Psalm 55:1–:23

October 19, 2014

1. Our World Belongs To God

Pastor: Series: Stewardship Topic: Stewardship Passage: Psalm 24:1–24:10

October 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Service

Pastor: Series: Thanksgiving Topic: Thankfulness Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:12–5:28

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