Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are now in the season of Advent. We began the new liturgical year on Sunday with worship that ushered in our Ancient Words series. If you missed the worship service, you can listen to The Coming of the Deliverer (1 of 5) at our website or at our podcast via iTunes.
In this first message, I addressed the importance of messianic prophecy and how Jesus believed himself to be the deliverer promised by Moses (Deuteronomy 18:17-19). Moses and the exodus event foreshadowed the true deliverer and the release of those in bondage to sin, death, and the devil. So, Jesus is also the Messiah who crushes the head of the serpent in the first prophecy of its kind (Genesis 3:15).
It was in seminary that I first took an interest in Jesus’ self-understanding. I am fascinated by his way of interpreting Scripture, and his own thinking about himself and the sort of Messiah the Father called him to be. We begin to see some of that in John 5:39-40, 46. We will see it even more clearly in a couple weeks as Jesus lays out what Messiah and his mission looks like, as God comes to the world through his Son.
The focus this past Sunday was “deliverer” to describe the Coming One. This Sunday we will look at the key messianic prophecies that describe this Coming One as “king” and ruler of God’s kingdom on the earth. For example, how does Isaiah 9:6-7 point to Jesus? After all, many of Jesus’ Jewish opponents didn’t think he fulfilled this royal messianic prophecy. We will deal with that and more. I hope you’ll join us.
I’m happy to report that we had close to 400 people at the African Children’s Choir concert last Sunday night! You can see pictures of the children performing at the Grantham Church Facebook page. It was a real blessing to see and hear the beautiful African children praising the Lord. I know they were blessed by your love and support. You gave over $4,000 to the choir and their efforts to make a better life for the children of Uganda.
I want to thank all those who gave of their time and/or money to help make the past few days possible. Thank you to those who prepared food and opened their homes to the ACC. And I want to extend a special thanks to Douglas Curry for organizing the event. Please let Doug know how much you appreciate his service to our church as the Interim Worship Arts Pastor.
Finally, remember that we have these upcoming events during the holiday season:
Child Dedication – This Sunday, December 4 at 10:30 a.m.
All Daughters Christmas Tea – December 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Monthly Communion – December 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Children’s Christmas Program – December 11 at 3:30 p.m.
Lessons & Carols with Friends – December 21
Christmas Eve Service at 6:30 p.m. (more details to come)
Christmas Day Service at 10:30 a.m. (no Learning Communities)
Once again, I invite you to enter the Advent season with hopeful and expectant hearts. I pray that we can rise above the consumerism and the chaos that too often characterizes this time of year. I pray that our love for Christ and each other proves to be the most valuable gift of all.
May the Lord help us to be content with the love the Spirit wants to give birth to this Christmas.
Grace & Peace,
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