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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

February 3, 2019

God at Work

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: Judges Passage: Judges 4:1–4:23

February 3, 2019

A Gospel of Abundance

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: God's Love, Our Love (Epiphany) Passage: Micah 4:1–4:5

January 27, 2019

Stewards of God’s Gifts

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: God's Love, Our Love (Epiphany) Topic: Stewardship Passage: Matthew 25:14–25:30

January 20, 2019

A Beautiful Little Planet

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: God's Love, Our Love (Epiphany) Topic: Stewardship, Creation Passage: Genesis 1:26–1:31

January 20, 2019

In the World

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: Judges Topic: World Passage: Judges 3:1–3:31

January 13, 2019

Jesus's Mission through a Meal

Series: God's Love, Our Love (Epiphany) Topic: Missions Passage: John 20:19–20:23, Luke 14:15–14:24

January 6, 2019

From Generation to Generation

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: Judges Topic: Generations Passage: Judges 2:6–2:23

January 6, 2019

We Love Because He First Loved Us!

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: God's Love, Our Love (Epiphany) Topic: Love, Discipleship Passage: 1 John 4:7–4:21

December 30, 2018

Year-end Blessing

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Year-End Blessings Passage: Numbers 6:22–6:27

December 30, 2018

Our God of Hope

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: Year-End Blessings Topic: Hope Passage: Romans 15:1–15:13

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