Who Am I
and What Am I Doing Here?
that what we often ask at the start of a new year? Do you find it
challenging to study the Bible on your own to discover how Scripture addresses
questions like these? Join Nancy Anderson Sunday mornings at 8:30 a.m. for 8 weeks
beginning January 12 in a study of Ephesians where Paul addresses these
questions and learn some principles and practices of how to study the Bible on
you own. If this sounds interesting to you, please let Nancy know
by sending her an email at email@example.com or by letting her know on a
Sunday after the worship service.
Emmanuel Presbyterian Church Drop In Center
Drop In Center Saturday, January 25, 2014
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
One hot shower and one cold wash offered to each person/family at attendants' discretion.
Join our community outreach. For further information please contact the church office.
I’m pretty sure that I never understood the meaning of the celebration
of Advent until I moved to the Northwest 19 years ago. The whole notion
of the anticipation of light breaking into the darkness, was not
something that made much sense in Southern California where it was sunny
for much of the season of Advent. But once I moved north to a place
where the winter solstice actually meant something, I began to
understand how hoping for and anticipating the dawn of warmth and light
could preoccupy one's thoughts and dreams.
The celebration of Advent is all about anticipation and hope. It is
about sitting in the darkness yet doing so in the full confidence that
the light will soon begin to shine. It is about anticipating the dawn of
some work of God that will shatter darkness with a brightness that
cannot be extinguished. It is the expectation that God will “deliver us
from the dominion of darkness and transfer us into the Kingdom of his
beloved Son (Col. 1:13)”.
Out of this expectation the Advent wreath was born. Like many of our
Christmas traditions it comes from Northern European roots where people,
like us, knew what it meant to dwell in the land of deep darkness. So
as they sat in that darkness and anticipated the celebration of Jesus’
birth they would light a candle each week to give witness to the dawning
of God’s light, the intensifying groans of labor that would end in
God’s son coming to live among us. As the light diminished with the
inexorable march toward winter solstice, the light of Christ would
increase with the addition of another candle each week.
Advent therefore is not just about the light. It is also about noticing
the darkness, noticing the need for God’s light to shed its healing
rays on a world in need of redemption and transformation. It is as much
about grief as it is about rejoicing, as much about hunger as it is
fulfillment. In short, it is about learning to trust God to do what
only God has the power to do. For to sit in the darkness and light that
candle is to give witness to our hope. It is to point to the truth
that those who walk in darkness will see a great light and nothing has
to power to extinguish this ray of healing and hope.
Sunday Worship 10 AM
19540 104th Ave. N.E.Bothell, WA 98011