These words -- “do not be afraid” -- are the hallmark of the Gospel. Throughout the Old and New Testaments they signal the coming rescue of God. This promise inspires courage, trust, and faith. These words are prominent in the story of Christ’s birth. The angel Gabriel greets Mary with these words in the quiet of her home and heavenly host addresses the shepherds with them as they keep watch by night. They are also the words the angel of the Lord uses at the end of Jesus’s Earthly Life when he encourages the women who came seeking Jesus in the tomb.
When our world is shaken, it’s easy for fear to spread. But God promises to be with us no matter what comes our way. In times of uncertainty, it’s more important than ever to trust in God’s promises, presence, and love.
In this season of corona-virus, join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM on YouTube, Facebook, or our church website for inspiring worship and powerful messages that confront our fear and inspire us to trust in the God who came to us at Christmas.
During Advent, on the four Sundays leading up to Christmas, Christians traditionally light candles on an Advent Wreath to represent the light that Christ brings to a world of darkness. This year, wherever and however you worship, we encourage you join in lighting the Advent candles. If you do not have an Advent Wreath, contact the church office for an Advent Wreath Kit.