Life is messy – clean it up. This might be helpful advice for cleaning up a home but what about a life? We often live as if we must clean up our life before God will bless us, pay attention to us or even love us. ‘Tis the season for feeling guilty for a busy life. ‘Tis the season for being disappointed that our expectations are not met, that our family is not all that it should be, that we do not measure up.
During this Christmas season, we will be renewed in faith and comforted that God does not wait for our messy life to be cleaned up. Instead, he enters our mess and through Immanuel, God with us, we are made clean in Him.
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December 3, 10, 17 & 24, plus December 31
8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am
December 3 (Christmas Kickoff) : Messy Families : Matthew 1: 18-25
Is your family messy? Mine too! In fact, God chose to reveal Himself in Jesus through His earthly family and they were also a mess. Jesus’ parents were considering divorce. The Lord of all was born to an unwed mother. Jesus loves messy families because messy families are all there are. Could it be that Jesus loves and has a plan for your messy family?
December 10 : Mess on the Margins : Matthew 2: 1-12
From the beginning, God’s plan has been for the marginalized. Christmas is a time when we are reminded that the God of Heaven and Earth has come for the least, the last and the lost.
December 17 : Messy People : John 1:1-11
Jesus, the Word, has become flesh and is Immanuel, God with us. He has come to be with His own people, but His own people say, “Who are you?” How dark and deep must their mess be when they do not even recognize the Messiah?
December 24th : Messy Christmas : Luke 2: 1-21
Finally, all the presents are wrapped. The dinner has been purchased. The family is on the way. The preparation is done and now all we are left with are our hopes and expectations. But when does Christmas ever meet our expectations? Even Jesus, the Author of Life, couldn’t find a hotel room, the dirty shepherds crashed the party and Mary had a long and painful labor. Even though it might not meet our expectations, everything about Christmas happens according to God’s plan.
December 31 : Messy Return : Revelation 22: 6-21
The season of Advent is about watching and waiting for Jesus to return again. Acts chapter 1 tells us that Jesus will come again “in the same way you saw Him go into Heaven.” Furthermore, Jesus makes clear that no one knows the day or the hour of His return. All we know for certain is this, before Jesus returns, the world will be a bigger mess than ever. Jesus has, is and will return in the same way He has always come – into the mess.
Wednesday Dinner and Worship
December 6, 13 & 20
Dinner at 6:00pm in the Fellowship Center
Worship at 7:00pm in the Worship Center
Childcare available for 0-36 months in KidZone (2nd floor).
December 6 : Messy Past : Matthew 1: 1-17
What does your family tree say about you? Is it a beautiful tree or one that has broken branches and bruised limbs? Chances are, there is part of your family tree that you are not very proud of. Part of your family’s checkered past has influenced who you are today. Through the incarnation, Jesus has come to set people free from sin, death and Satan’s grip. Sometimes the journey with Jesus begins with Him setting us free from our messy past.
Meal: Spaghetti served by Lutheran Women’s Missionary League
December 13 : Messy Road Trip : Matthew 2:13-18
Christmas is a time for family reunions and family road trips. Do you remember a Christmas road trip that did not go as planned? Was it a mess? The road trip for Jesus and His earthly family was a hot mess. First, Mary is six months pregnant and walks 80 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Then, because Herod is a murderous maniac, Jesus and His family must make their way home through Egypt of all places. Matthew says, “this was to fulfill.” Imagine that, the plan and purpose of Almighty God is accomplished through a messy road trip.
Meal: Chili Cookoff hosted by youth Ministry. Go HERE to enter your chili for the cookoff.
December 20 : Messy World : Isaiah 9: 1-7
Christmas is the season of light. Jesus, the light of the world, came not to show off His light but to defeat darkness.
Meal: Tacos served by Refuge of Hope Ministry
Youth led Worship!
Advent devotions for everyone (young, old and everything in between!) are available on the table in the back of the Worship Center.
More about Christmas 2017 HERE!