Christmas: The Birth of God – Presence

Isaiah 9:6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. We know Jesus in a variety of ways. In the familiar birth stories of Matthew and...

Advent Week 4: A Sign from God – Blessing

Isaiah 7:14. Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. Several years ago, a friend commissioned a local artist to create a Black Madonna. The result is a 30” tall dark wooden...

Advent Week 3: The Promise of God – Joy

Isaiah 35:4, 10. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, “Be strong; do not fear! Here is your God. He will come with vengeance, with terrible recompense. He will come and save you.”… And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with singing;...

Advent Week 2: The Spirit of God – Energy

Isaiah 11:1–2. A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots. The spirit of the Lord shall rest on him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the...

Advent Week 1: The Mountain of God – Invitation

Isaiah 2:3. Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of...