December 2019

Waiting With God

AS WE GATHER we know that so much of Christmas is about waiting—waiting for a break from school and work; waiting to gather with loved ones; waiting to open presents. 2,000 years ago, people waited for the Savior. Together, we wait with God and we look to the example of Joseph, a man who waited for God’s Son to be born. Waiting with God requires patience and peace, but His presents and His presence are worth it.

Winning With God

AS WE GATHER What are your favorite teams? Often we love our teams so much we feel as if we are part of the team. Their victories are our victories; their losses, our losses. As we continue our series on God with us, we are reminded that we rejoice and celebrate the victory we have with Jesus.

God Weeping With Us

AS WE GATHER we recall the many tears we’ve cried, and the ones yet to come. Much of life is sadness. How do we make sense of it? Does sadness mean we are unloved by God? No. God is with us, even in the weeping. Come again to look at the manger, to see God with us, in every situation. Especially in times of suffering and sadness. Even if you feel like weeping today, Jesus is WITH us.

Worshipping With Others

AS WE GATHER during these weeks of Advent, our theme is “WITH.” The prophet promised that the Messiah who was to come would be Immanuel—“God with Us.” The truth that God is always with us is a miracle that provides us comfort and peace, hope and life. Today in worship we understand that God meets us here as He promises to be with us in His Word and Sacrament. We gather here with the Lord and each other, week after week, because we need what God offers, namely faith and forgiveness, life and salvation.