When Bells Don't Toll

Fri, Dec 24, 2021
In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. - 1 John 4:9-10 (ESV) Christmas is a time of year when we feel the love of those around us. We receive and give gifts to demonstrate it. We spend time with those we love. We share special memories and experiences. But what if that love is not returned? It can hurt us deeply when we give and don’t receive in return. How would you deal with that? In our series, Christmas in a Minor Key we have been considering the Minor Prophets and how they point us toward Christ. On Christmas Eve we will consider Hosea. It’s a book about love. Sadly though, it is a book not about the warm fuzzy Christmas-movie type love. Instead, it is about love that is spurned and abused. God’s people had abandoned and betrayed his love for them. How would he respond? We will look at his surprising and overwhelming response on Christmas Eve at 6pm. Our service will include carols, the advent wreath, the Christmas story by the Treehouse Players, and candlelight. Plan to be with us! And then we will be together again on Sunday - Dec 26th. We will have a shortened service. We are going back to the Minor Prophets. This time we will look at Habakkuk; a book that teaches us to struggle with God especially when his plans and purposes seem too hard to comprehend.
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