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Saturday, December 3rd – Sunday, December 11th

purple_advent_candleClick here to download this week’s bulletin. December 4 ~ Second Sunday of Advent We light a second purple candle on the second Sunday of Advent to represent the hope of Christ coming to the world. The word “hope” has two meanings in the Bible. The first, tiqvah, contains the sense of eager anticipation or waiting. The second, elpis, depicts a sense of confident expectation based on certainty. Biblical hope is secured by God’s faithfulness to His promises. For the Old Testament leaders, their hope was in the Messiah’s arrival. For us, it is the hope of the Messiah’s return. God’s plan for humanity unfolded in the town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of the Messiah, joyously fulfilling a long-awaited promise. Today we confidently wait for the Messiah’s triumphant return. The precision of God’s promises proclaimed and fulfilled inspire us continually to hope in God. The hope of Christians is not wishful thinking, but based on the historical facts of Christ’s birth, death and resurrection, and in the confidence of His eagerly anticipated return. ?