Date: December 5, 2021
Bible Text: Philippians 1:3-11, Luke 1:68-79 | Rev. David A. Douthett
Series: The Birth of Faith - Advent 2021
It's the second week of Advent, the season of preparation for the feast of Christmas, and we reflect on how Christ's birth in history, his coming into our lives, and his coming in power at the end of all things can give birth to faith in us. Each week we will consider that faith from a different angle. Last week's theme was Hope, and this week is Peace. Peace, among other things, can be thought of as a state of rest or of freedom from fear or disturbance. Like hope, it has both active and passive expressions. Its birth comes from a sense of safety. How does the coming of Christ open the way that safety and that peace?
We will celebrate the Lord's Supper in the service today. If you want to participate virtually, you'll need a small bit of bread and wine or grape juice, or as close as you can get. Because we believe that the communion elements are symbols that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, participate in the things they point to, your elements can be different and still do their job. Set them apart for this holy purpose physically, mentally, and spiritually in preparation.
Also today, a minute for our ministry together regarding stewardship and another about our Christmas mission giving projects. It's a busy day!