The second week of Advent focuses on peace. Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace!
We pray for peace…
"God of peace, as we light the second Advent candle of peace, may Your peace fill our hearts and our world. Help us to be peacemakers in our relationships and communities. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen."
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at KFUMC and Light on the Hill!
The first week of Advent and the first Sunday of Advent mark the beginning of the Advent season in the Christian liturgical calendar. Advent is a period of preparation and anticipation for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day. Each of the four weeks of Advent has a specific theme, and the first week typically centers around the theme of "Hope" or "Expectation."
Advent is a time for remembering and reflecting on the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Let us turn our hearts towards Christ as Christmas approaches. Let us not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season this year and miss the chance to celebrate the gifts of hope, peace, joy, and love, that God sent to us on that first Christmas. Every word in scripture points to the gift of hope that we have because of Christ Jesus!
God, the Christmas story wasn’t the beginning of that message of hope because the Old Testament is full of glimpses of Your plan to redeem Your people and restore them to a relationship with You, but we are able to truly begin to see and understand just how great Your love for us is when we read the story of Jesus’ birth. That first Christmas, You gave us the gift of hope wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.
Thank you, Father, for Your immeasurable gift!
HOPE AND CONNECTION—IN PRISON AND OUT
Incarceration can strain family ties to the breaking point. By providing Christmas gifts on behalf of incarcerated parents, Prison Fellowship Angel Tree allows local churches to extend the hope of the Gospel to families with loved ones in prison. In addition, Angel Tree invites congregations to integrate Angel Tree families into church activities year-round, resulting in mutually beneficial relationships that foster growth, support, and encouragement. We want to develop relationships that go beyond the Christmas season.
Our church will be helping 43 families in our community this Christmas. We are able to provide the 94 children from these families with Christmas gifts, their own age-appropriate Bible in English or Spanish, and an Advent Devotional for the entire family. Thank you for supporting our church financially. It is through your tithes that we are able to support outreach ministries such as Prison Angel Tree. Please join us in covering these families in prayer. It has been said that, “It takes a village to raise a child.” This means that an entire community of people must participate in the lives of children in order for them to grow in a safe and healthy environment and be able to flourish and realize their hopes and dreams. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of these children!
We are so blessed to be a part of our wonderful community! Thank you to the San Antonio Food Bank and to all of the awesome unpaid servants that shared 34,000 pounds of food at the Mega Food Pantry!
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