Advent at Evergreen Church

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We can’t believe it, but the Christmas season is upon us! In order to celebrate Advent well as a church, Evergreen will be practicing a few different traditions. Every Sunday you will hear a Biblically-based sermon that will take you on a journey through Advent We’ll be sharing weekly devotionals and missional challenges as we continue to be Christ’s light in this community. Lastly, we will light one candle on our Advent wreath during each weekly worship service throughout the month of Advent. We hope that you will join us for Sunday worship this Advent season during one of our services at 9:30 am or 11:00 am. 
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Advent, Why We Celebrate 
 
Advent is the month leading up to Christmas Eve. It’s a season recognized by the global church calendar stretching back centuries, and challenging all those to prepare for Christmas. But Advent is not set aside simply for pretty devotionals and countdown calendars full of candy. Instead, it’s an entire month designed for us to pause, refocus and learn to wait well for the coming of Christ the King.

 
 Reflection 1
 
Isaiah chapter 9 verse 2 says,
“The people walking in darkness
Have seen a great light;
On those living in the land of deep darkness
A light has dawned.”
 
 
 

Reflection 2
 
The Gospel of John chapter 1 verse 1 says,
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
The light shines in the darkness,
And the darkness has not overcome it.
Reflection 3
 
The Gospel of John chapter 8 verse 12 reads,
“Jesus said, ‘I am the light of the world;
the one who follows me will not walk in darkness
But have the light of life.”
Merry Christmas
 

Christmas is here! Hopefully you’ve enjoyed our weekly reflections, missional challenges and corporate worship throughout this beautiful season.May you and your family find true joy and rest in the knowledge that our savior has come and that he will one day come again.

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Advent Sermon Series 

Dec 3, 2017
“The Star” – Follow – A Journey Through Advent

The Magi Visit the Messiah

Matthew 2:1-12

After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”

Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
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  • Dec 3, 2017“The Star” – Follow – A Journey Through Advent
    Dec 3, 2017
    “The Star” – Follow – A Journey Through Advent

    The Magi Visit the Messiah

    Matthew 2:1-12

    After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod,Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

    When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
    “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,

    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.”

    Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

    After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
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