Dear Brothers and Sisters,
This Sunday is the second Sunday in Advent, sometimes called “Peace Sunday.” You may find it hard at times to trust that Jesus is the Prince of Peace. We can be cynical about that reality when we turn on the news or navigate family tension. In the midst of chaos, our hearts long for order. In the midst of conflict, we ache for concord. But how can it be so?
In Colossians 2:13-15, the Apostle Paul writes, “[Y]ou, who were dead in your trespasses . . . God made alive together with [Jesus], having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities, and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” Jesus achieved peace for us through his life, death and resurrection. In the cross, he waged war against not only our sin but also all the evil powers in the world that rage against the kingdom of God. Make no mistake, Jesus has won this war. Though we continue to live in the midst of conflict and the fallout of the curse, one day when he comes again, he will finally and forever establish peace. “And of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end” (Isa 9:6). We live in an “in-between” time; the time between his first and final victories. This peace can already rule in our hearts though it has not yet fully arrived in space and time. We wait for that time with great anticipation, the time when he returns for his people and reigns forever in the new heavens and the new earth. The sermon passage for this Sunday is Haggai 2:1-9.
As a reminder, our fellowship time throughout Advent will take place at 9:00am in the church narthex.
Click here for the link to the worship service (9:30 am).
We have more Advent events to enjoy together this month:
Saturday, December 9: Men’s White Elephant Breakfast (9:00am)
Paradox of Longing: An Advent Concert featuring Jake & Hannah Muzzy (3:00pm)
Sunday, December 10: Carol Sing following worship service (11:00am)
Sunday, December 17: Community Christmas Lunch (11:00am)
Sunday, December 24: Christmas Eve Service (6:30pm)
This Saturday: Men’s White Elephant Breakfast (9:00am; Mission Center)
Brothers, please join us for the annual Men’s White Elephant Breakfast this Saturday at 9:00am. Bring a low (or no-cost) item to swap and enjoy breakfast made by our own Larry LaBelle. If flooring installation is not complete in Mission Center, the breakfast will be moved to another room in the building.
This Saturday: Paradox of Longing Concert (3:00pm; Worship Center)
Jake and Hannah Muzzy return this Saturday afternoon with an Advent concert featuring cello and harp. These concerts are “pay what you want.” Learn more about the concert at https://realconcerts.us/.
Carol Sing (Sunday, 11:00 am; Worship Center)
Every Advent we come together at 11:00am one Sunday to sing our favorite Christmas carols. This Sunday, we’ll gather for this purpose in place of our usual Sunday school time.
Community Christmas Lunch Sign-up (Sunday, December 17, 11:00am)
Our annual Community Christmas Lunch is a time for us to invite friends and neighbors to experience Faith Community Church’s food and hospitality, as well as to hear a simple gospel presentation and to learn about the ministries at FCC. Though an RSVP is not required, if possible, please contact the church office to let us know if you will be attending and how many guests will be joining you. You may sign up in the narthex to help with food by either bringing a salad or a dessert. Invitations will also be available this Sunday to distribute to friends and neighbors.
Christmas Poinsettias | $12
Christmas poinsettias will be on display in the Worship Center beginning December 17 until Christmas Eve. If you would like to participate in decorating the church in this way, please sign up in the narthex, indicating how many plants you would like. You may put your payment in the offering plate, with an indication that it is for Christmas poinsettias, or you can do so online.
Phyl Holt: Please pray for healing for Phyl who was hospitalized this week with food poisoning; she is now recovering at home.
Gary and Karla Van der Molen: Continue to pray for Gary as he regains his health following a hospital stay, and for Karla as she and Gary attend to her ALS.
Family of Joan Vander Molen: Pray for the family of Joan, a longtime member of our congregation, who recently went to be with the Lord.
Main Park Apartment Families: Please pray for the families who were displaced and those who were injured by the fire last week at Main Park Apartments.
Rejoicing in Christ,