Advent Series

Addresse1832 W 9th St
AtGrace United Methodist Church
CountyOswego (NY2988)
1832 W 9th St
Grace United Methodist Church
Oswego (NY2988)
Tel 2017-12-03
Categoria Events
Advent Series

NEW "ADVENT" SERMON SERIES "It was NOT a Silent Night" "Silent night, holy night, all is calm, all is bright..." From the carols we sing, to the art on our Christmas cards, we are surrounded by images of the serene young Mary in clean, beautiful robes, holding the calm baby. Who is she? What was that night really like? We have a picture of what that first Christmas have been like for Mary...perfect and holy. The reality, however, was not unlike our own lives. There was joy, but it was mixed with pain and sorrow, uncertainty and adversity. This was true throughout her life, with blessings and pain intermingled. This year we'll be preparing our hearts for Christmas by looking at Jesus' life through Mary's eyes. We'll tell her story by starting not at the beginning but at the end.

In the first sermon, we'll start with the last years of Mary's life. Then in each sermon we'll work our way backward, from the crucifixion, to a twelve year old boy in the temple, to the announcement of the Savior to come, until finally we will end with the birth of Jesus. I invite you to experience with Grace and me the story of a "not-so-silent" night, of a young mother, unexpectedly chosen by God to bring the Christ Child into the world. As Mary discovered, God doesn't promise a perfect, peaceful life or a silent, holy night. She was blessed, God-favored, and grace-filled, yet her life was difficult. That's how life was for Mary, and that's how life is for you and me. Life doesn't go according to plans. Sometimes it's hard and painful and scary. Yet in the messiness of life, God is at work, bringing blessing our of pain.

That's the message and gift of Christmas. I hope you will join us each Sunday at Grace.

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