Taking the easy way out. Cutting corners. Lack of discipline. Doing things half-way. Just enough. Lowered expectations. Half-hearted.
Ever heard these words from a coach or parent or grandparent or boss or friend? How do they make you feel? Ever spoken these words to someone? How does it feel to have to say them aloud? Embarrassment and frustration are certainly a part of these phrases needing to be uttered.
Advent Light is our theme for the holidays and is a play on words. We can take the easy way out and cut corners, doing just enough half-heartedly with lowered expectations. Advent can just be something we do lightly, hurrying through the season so we can approach the manger, open our gifts, and move on to 2020. Or maybe (and for a variety of good reasons, possibly) we’d rather skip the Advent journey and just celebrate Christmas. No matter, our experience will be less purposeful and less significant. Our faith will not be as strong.
Let us not take Advent lightly. The newsletter is full of ways to have a meaningful Advent journey — volunteer to ring the bell, attend the Children’s Pageant, experience the Special Secret Santa party, participate in the Festival of the Creche or whatever else feels life-giving and faith-strengthening.
May the one who is light lead us into Advent and Christmas. May our hearts be full and our souls fulfilled. Friends, may we find the Advent Light.
10:30 a.m. Service
January Sermon Series: Sermon Series AHA!
5—Matthew 2:1-2 Normal Epiphany
12—Exodus 19:16-19 Sinai Epiphany
19—Micah 6:6-8 Prophetic Epiphany
26—John 13:3-5 Servant Epiphany
6:30 p.m. Xperience Service
January Sermon Series: Solomon’s Reign
5—1 Kings 1:38-40 Anointed
12—1 Kings 3:3-5 Understanding Mind
19—1 Kings 3:28 Wisdom
26—1 Kings 8:10-11 Permanent Impermanence
Sunday School at 9:00 a.m.
Fellowship time at 10:00 a.m.
Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
Xperience Worship Service at 6:30 p.m.
Transportation is available upon request. Call the church office for a ride. Office hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. Closed 12:00 to 1:00 pm for lunch. (309) 837-6473
Macomb, IL 61455
Lisa Wipperling, Choir Director
Carol Harmon, Organist
Paul Huff, Custodian
Church office: (309) 837-6473