Why do we sing Silent Night? Is it because of tradition? Perhaps we sing it because we like the tune? What does it mean and how can we “sleep in heavenly peace?” Join us this evening as we celebrate Christmas Eve and unpack the meaning of peace with respects to the Christmas story.
We give gifts as a reflection of our care/concern for others. We use gifts to say, “This is how much I love you.” Join us this morning as we look into Luke 1. We will see God say, “This is how much I love you.”
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2017 Theme: LEVEL UP
You are player one. You’ve made it to this checkpoint and you’re ready to move on. Life is more than a game, however. There are so many different areas that we feel like need to gain more strength, speed or knowledge. Are you ready to press start? It’s time to Level Up.
FRIDAY NIGHT | PRESS START
Whether it’s a video game or life itself, how we start is incredibly important. In life, our starting place is what we believe about ourselves. What makes you…you? What you believe about yourself determines everything in your life. Some of us define ourselves by what we can or cannot do. Others of us define ourselves by comparing ourselves to others. The best way to start is to build your life on what God has said about you. Your identity comes from the fact that God made you and loves you.
SATURDAY MORNING | CHEAT CODE
Some decisions are easy. “Hey, I have an extra ticket for Disney World. Wanna come?” Duh. Yes! Other decisions are more difficult: Should I try out for the team? Should I date him? What college do I choose? What’s the right choice? Don’t you wish there was a cheat code for decisions? It turns out there is something pretty close to it in the book of Proverbs. It’s called wisdom.
SATURDAY NIGHT | BEAT THE BOSS
Most video games end with an epic battle in which you beat the boss. The boss is usually a super villain that must be stopped or the entire world will be destroyed. Weirdly, this scenario isn’t that far off from reality. Sin is the super villain in life. Our sins, individually and collectively, have broken God’s creation. We are all suffering from sin. It’s the reason for sickness, war, divorce, hate, bullying and even death. Worse yet, we can’t beat sin. The good news is that Jesus fought the battle that we could never win. Through his death and resurrection, we can achieve victory over sin and experience new life.
SUNDAY MORNING | LEVEL UP
God loves you desperately. He loves you in the midst of all your sin and failure. However, He doesn’t want you to stay there. He wants to help you grow and become more like Jesus so that you can love and serve the people around you and point them to Jesus. So, how exactly do you level up as a follower of Jesus? It’s not complicated, but it is challenging. Are you up to the challenge?
Christmas is a time in which many of attempt to anesthetize our pain, confusion, loss and despair by obsessing over gifts. This obsession temporarily eases the pain, but unfortunately falls dreadfully short of addressing the real problem. Join us this morning as we dig into the Christmas story and find out how God’s gift to us in Christ is a gift that brings hope in the midst of tragedy.
So we’ve all heard the Christmas Story before. We know that the Angel declares that the child in Marys womb is a blessing. In 1st century Israel, a child born out of wedlock was anything but a blessing; in fact it was often viewed as a curse. So what did the angel mean? How is this child a blessing. Join us this morning and find out.