Finding our Way to the Manger is our Advent theme. Each week we will focus on a different Advent/Christmas visual but primarily focus on what gets in our WAY to the Manger. A “new” verse to our Advent Hymn, A Way in the Manger will be sung to the familiar tune. Here’s your glimpse at week 1:
Away in a manger, our hearts now are led, awaiting Lord Jesus to lay his sweet head. Our lives are so busy. For silence we pray to still us, relieve us on each Advent day.
This week while the Pastor was away the First Sunday of Advent was a bit different. Laity Led discussion followed this Rob Bell short film regarding the “noise” in our lives. What noise fills your Advent space?
The featured scripture for the week was:
Luke 1:13-17 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you will name him John. 14 You will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He must never drink wine or strong drink; even before his birth he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. 16 He will turn many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 With the spirit and power of Elijah he will go before him, to turn the hearts of parents to their children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous, to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
And the congregation watched a special closing Advent video: