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ADVENT SEASON OVERVIEW
The church year begins with Advent, which means “coming." Advent reminds us that time is linear, and we are in the time between Jesus first and second coming. The purpose of the church calendar is to use the passing of time to tell and retell the story of our redemption: the coming of Jesus into the world; His life, death and resurrection; and the outpouring of the Holy spirit on His people.

Throughout this month we will be preaching through the themes of Hope, Joy, Faith, and Love. Each week we will reflect on how Jesus invites us to wait for the coming kingdom in the midst of our present brokenness.

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SUNDAY SCRIPTURES & READINGS
November 26th - HOPE - Genesis 12:1-9, 22:1-7, 22:15-18, John 8:56-58, {Isaiah 64:1-9 Psalm 80:1-7, Corinthians 1:3-9, Mark 13:24-37}
Prayer - Dear God, on this first Sunday in Advent, let this light shine brightly as the days grow shorter, so that we will be ready for your face to shine upon us at Christmas. In the Savior's name, we pray. Amen.

December 3rd - PEACE - Isaiah 9:1-7, Ephesians 2, {Isaiah 40:1-11 Psalm 85:1-2,8-13, 2 Peter 3:8-15a Mark 1:1-8} Prayer - Dear God, we have much to do and we are not sure we will be ready for the day of your coming. In Advent's light, help us to see what is important: to be who you want us to be, and to do what you would have us do. In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

December 10th - Joy - Luke 2:8-21, John 16 {Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11 Psalm 126, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 John 1:6-9,19-28}
Prayer - Dear God, we carry many burdens and worry about many things. Help us to hear your promise in this Advent season, that in hearing, we may receive the Spirit's gift of joy. And may our spirits be kept sound at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray, Amen.

December 17th - LOVE - Luke 1:46-55, Romans 5:5-8 {2 Samuel 7:1-11, Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26, Romans 16:25-27, Luke 1:26-38}
Prayer - Dear God, your faithfulness has been great, leading us to this day of anticipation and celebration. May the glorious light of your steadfast love shine brightly in us and through us, that all may give you praise and glory. In the Savior's name we pray, Amen.

December 24th - CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE - John 1:1-18 {Isaiah 9:2-7, Psalm 96, Titus 2:11-14, Luke 2:1-14}
The season for watching and waiting is over. The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light. This is the light of the world, and the darkness cannot extinguish it. Join us this Christmas Eve morning (10am) to celebrate the birth of Jesus and join together afterwards for a church-wide brunch

DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Listening for God’s voice: What grabbed your attention in the scriptures we read this week? What does this passage mean in the context of the larger story of God? How might God be speaking through his word to you?
  2. Honest Confession: What are the scriptures revealing about your heart? Did they uncover certain emotions, attitudes, actions, needs or even hurts that we can confess and work through together?
  3. Wholehearted Obedience: In light of what we discussed, how is the Spirit leading you to take next steps to follow the way of Jesus? How can we pray for one another as we seek to move forward in obedience?