When Advent rolls around do you feel the thrill of the new year, of new possibilities, and of new hope; a sense of a “clean page with nothing written on it,”?
Do you feel the anticipation of wondering what’s around God’s next “corner?”
Even though we know the “end” of the Advent story, each year the plot unfolds toward the birth of that tiny child with so much mystery and suspense, that every Sunday we still wonder what happens next.
So how do we as a congregations experience this same anticipation and wonder? How do we cultivate the tension and suspense of this momentous, world-changing event year after year?
As we consider the themes that Advent embodies: Yearning; Change; and God With Us; we invite you to explore and journey with us:
29th Nov’: The Challenge of Waiting (Mark 13: 24 – 37)
6th Dec’: Yearning (for God) (Psalm 80)
A word of comfort for God’s people, because a herald is announcing the coming of God to his people who are as fragile as grass. Yet God comes as a gentle Shepherd to feed and nurture his flock. ~Isaiah 40
Advent is a season of waiting, of anticipation. But it’s not just about passively waiting – it’s about actively yearning. Yearning for God in our lives, yearning for God in our world. And oh how we have realized how much we yearn for connection with God this year. This Sunday, let us reflect, let us look forward, let us yearn together.
13th Dec’: Change. (Encouraging a Change in Direction) (Mark 1: 1 – 8)
Apologies we had a problem with our streaming – this service is in 2 parts:
‘Don’t stop rowing, don’t stop growing, God is steering the boat.’
Steering our ship this Sunday we have Trevor Blake joining us, Trevor has preached at Jlife and is EMC’s Youth Minister; it is oarsome to have him with HillSide!
20th Dec’: God With Us. (The Spirit of the Lord is upon me) (Isaiah 61)
One of the most haunting memories Ron has of the season of Advent was when he, as a young adult in 1974, watched the controversial musical “Godspell! “The opening song echoed the words of John the Baptiser – ‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord’. I would be introduced a little later to the words of the hymn they then sang, ‘When wilt Thou save the people, O Lord of mercy when’?
It was a quite radical introduction to the message of the Good News (‘Godspell’) of Jesus as He proclaimed the coming of the Kingdom / Reign of God, especially compared to the way I had heard it spoken of before then. This experience drew me into a far more present experience of what it meant to be caught up in the challenge to share the good news of Jesus, to live as a follower of Jesus in the world. So the words of Isaiah 61 become a reminder to all of us that if we truly believe that the Holy Spirit lives in us, then this is the life we are called to live”.
25th Dec’: Christmas Day Service at 8:30am and with our new Minister, Rev’ Allan Booth and his wife Tess.
27th Dec’: Christmas After the Birth
“Happy Days After Christmas, Merry Rest of the Year, even when Christmas is over, The Light of the World is Still Here!”~ Matthew West. Join us this morning for our Sunday service at 9am at Nobel Primary or on Facebook as we conclude our Advent series.