11/29/15 – 12/03/17

Advent

Advent is the season that kicks off the Christian calendar year for the four weeks leading up to Christmas (which is Jesus’ birthday). The word advent means arrival, and this season symbolizes our present situation, as God’s people wait for the return of Christ in glory to consummate his eternal kingdom. Similar to Israel at the end of the Old Testament, we are at some level in exile, waiting and hoping in prayerful expectation for the coming of the Messiah. Israel looked back to God’s past gracious actions on their behalf in leading them out of Egypt in the Exodus, and on this basis they called for God once again to act for them. In the same way, the church, during Advent, looks back upon Jesus’ first coming in celebration while simultaneously looking forward in eager anticipation to the coming of Christ’s kingdom when he returns for his people and restores all of creation.

  • Word of the Father, Now in Flesh Appearing

    Scripture: John 1:1-5, 9-14

  • Restore Unto Me the Joy of Thy Salvation

      SCRIPTURE: Luke 2:8-20 Click here to download a PDF copy of the Restore my Joy slide  

  • Hope in the Kingdom

    Isaiah 2:1-4, Romans 8:22-25    

  • Advent – Hunger

    Amos 8:1-12,  Matthew 5:3-6 Video: Ryan Comes Home THE MARKS OF A MATURING DISCIPLE ENGAGING RHYTHMS OF LIFE WITH JESUS ✤ Listening for and responding to the Father’s voice. ✤ Being formed by Scripture. ✤ Increasing self-awareness and continual conversion to Jesus’ way of life. ✤ Being transformed by God’s heart for people to know him.

  • Advent and Peace in Chaos

    Luke 3:1-20 Jesus offers us peace in the midst of chaos as we actively wait and work for his kingdom, entrusting our messy lives and broken world into God’s loving hands.

  • News from Haiti

    Isaiah 60:17b-61:4 Two of our leaders, Lavern Arndt and James Mitchell, joined an ECCC visit to northern Haiti in November, seeking to discern the way forward with our partnerships, as new opportunities emerged and our historic connections were in transition. Here’s what they shared with our community about the trip. Note: Please watch the videos

  • A Journey of Waiting

    Matthew 2 Our Lord Jesus Christ was once a refugee, fleeing the death squads of a regime led by a tyrant. We live much of our lives in the waiting room, in longing, in the overlap of already and not-yet of God’s kingdom.