The Advent According to Matthew....
Advent means arrival. It's a term used by Christians world-wide for the period leading up to Christmas. It's a time when we are reminded of how Jesus' coming was foretold and anticipated by various witnesses.
Advent is a time of anticipation and celebration. The God who said He would send a Savior, did. And, oh, what an entrance He made!
Matthew's Gospel contains an Advent account in Matthew 1-2. He highlights Jesus' checkered ancestry, miraculous birth, dignitary visitors and early brush with death. There was no shortage of drama surrounding Jesus' advent!
This year our Advent series will explore 3 passages in Matthew's account:
December 15th - Matthew 1:1-17, through a geneology, is filled with intriguing material that tells a story of the unlikely cast of characters in God's salvation drama. Hope is found there.
December 22nd - Matthew 1:18-25, is the account of Jesus' birth and how it complicated the lives of his parents while it fulfilled Old Testament prophecy. Obedience is modelled here.
December 29th - Matthew 2:1-12 shows foreigners courageously acknowledging and honouring the Christ-child. The true worth of Christ is revealed.
You are most welcome to join us as we celebrate the Christmas season! Join us on Sunday morning at 10:30AM as we worship together with singing (a mix of contemporary & traditional styles), prayer, expository teaching from the scriptures, sharing in communion, all followed by fellowship over "coffee & sweets".