Worship Service – 4th Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
“Advent” means “coming” or “arrival.” In the season of Advent, we celebrate Christ’s coming into the world and watch with expectant hope for his coming again.
The beginning of Advent is like the beginning of the new year. We start again the journey that takes us from Advent, through Christmas, to Jesus’ life and ministry, and to the final week and crucifixion. It may seem the journey ends, but Easter brings new life, and we have Pentecost where the Spirit of God breathes life into the church. New life from death, light overcoming darkness, love conquering hatred is the rhythm of the work of the church as we wait for God’s Kingdom.
This Sunday will include a reading from Mattthew 1:1-17 and the sermon “Famous First Lines.”
For one of the books of the Bible, Matthew’s opening line is not attention-grabbing. Matthew begins: “The account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” And continues with: “Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac was the father of Jacob, and Jacob, the father of Judah and his brothers.” And it is about here that our eyes glaze over in disinterest, that our attention moves elsewhere. What can we learn from the first chapter of Matthew’s gospel?
All are welcome to join us for worship, which includes contributions from members and clergy alike who lead us in a weekly expression of our faith. For more information about what to expect when visiting Calvary, please click here to learn about our worship service, childcare, parking and more.