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Advent Encouragement and Prayer-Week 1

As we approach Christmas, it seems like things get busier and our attention can easily shift from the joy of celebrating Christ's birth to a long "to-do" list and a heavy load of expectations. If we're not careful this season can rush past us (or run right over us!) One way we try, as a church, to anchor our hearts in this season is through intentionally observing Advent. ...

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Advent Resources for You

Are you interested in making the Advent season a part of your daily life this December? If so, here are some resourcesthat may help you in that experience. Of course you may already have some traditions and resources you like to use. But if you're at all like me, you have discovered Advent a bit later in life and are still learning how one goes about participating in it. T...

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Advent Encouragement and Prayer-Week 2

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.-1 John 3:1Advent Week 2: LoveSince the dawn of creation God's love has been on display. Out of nothing, God spoke everything into existence. He separated the light from the darkness, the land from the water. He created the sun, moon, and stars and all the creatures of...

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Advent Encouragement and Prayer - Week 4

Joy to the world the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King! Week Four: Joy What is joy? So often we use the words joy and happiness interchangeably. While they are both wonderful feelings, they are quite different. Happiness tends to be a feeling tied to external things while joy is not reliant on our circumstances. As Christians our joy is not based on who we are or ...

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Advent Encouragement and Prayer - Week 3

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. -Isaiah 9:6 Week Three: Peace The word peace can be found throughout the Christmas season, strung on garland and sung by choirs. It can be used so much that we can grow numb to t...

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What is Advent?

Advent is the first season in the Church Year. It begins on the Sunday four weeks prior to Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. It is the season in which we followers of Jesus begin again our annual journey with Jesus from his birth to his coming again. During Advent we enter into the Story of Israel, identifying with the children of Israel held captive in their own land, ...

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What does Advent have to do with Life Together on Mission?

When we think of doing Life Together on Mission it probably most often conjures up thoughts about some sort of activity together (i.e. having a meal with your life group, praying together, playing together, building relationships with spiritually lost people and so on). This type of activity is good and we want to encourage each other to continue in it. We are called to ma...

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