This weekend marks the beginning of the season of Advent. Advent means “coming” and is when we prepare for the coming birth of Jesus, the Christ. To help us prepare this year, we'll be sharing a worship series entitled The Characters of Christmas. Each week we’ll see what we can learn from characters who played important roles in the birth of our savior!  

On the first Sunday of Advent, we’ll begin our series with the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth, who would become the parents of John the Baptist—the forerunner of Jesus.  From their story we’ll learn some ways to maintain hope in situations that seem hopeless.

On the second Sunday of Advent, we’ll explore the story of Mary, a young peasant girl who was given the opportunity to become the person God would use to bring the prince of peace into the world. From her story we’ll learn the kind of people God uses to bring peace into the world.

On the third Sunday of Advent, we’ll turn to the story of Joseph, a carpenter who had to deal with a very challenging situation in his life. From his story we’ll learn some qualities that can help all of us deal with challenging situations when they arise in our lives.

On the fourth Sunday of Advent we’ll hear the story of the innkeeper, a character that isn’t even named in the Bible. From his story, we’ll learn some wisdom that can help us make room in our homes and hearts for the birth of Jesus.

On Christmas Eve, we’ll join in the story of the shepherds, a rag-tag bunch that was the first to receive the good news of Christmas.  From their story we’ll learn who needs the good news of our Savior’s birth the most.

Finally, on the first Sunday of Christmas, we’ll hear the story of the Christ Child.  From his story we’ll learn what the message of Christmas is all about.

It’s going to be a great Advent toward Christmas season—so we hope you’ll invite everyone you know to join us as we learn from The Characters of Christmas!

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