Arise and Shine
A Series of Special Services for Advent and Christmas
This Advent and Christmas we prepare for and welcome the Christ Child, who is the light of the world, arising in our lives this season. In celebration, we, in turn, shine with the light of Christ in various ways for all the world to see the brightness of his love. Each week will focus on a different aspect of the light of Christ and how we are enlightened by him throughout our lives. The theme verse for the entire series is: “Arise, shine, for your light has come” (Isaiah 60:1). Hymns in the series include “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus,” “Arise, O Christian People,” “The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns” and “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates.”
Sunday Dec 1: Rising Light (Isaiah 60:1): Living in the light of Jesus, we prepare to celebrate his birth. Repenting of our sins, we put away the works of darkness and dress in the armor of light.
Sunday Dec 8: Reflected Light (Zechariah 9:16): During Advent we remember the birth of Jesus, the Light of the world. We reflect his light in our daily lives.
Sunday Dec 15: Healing Light (Malachi 4:2): With repentant joy we anticipate the birth of our Savior. We listen to his Word and live according to it until he comes again.
Sunday Dec 22: Eternal Light (Daniel 12:3): We look forward to Jesus’ Second Advent, when we will be raised in glory to live in his presence and shine like stars forever. Come, Lord Jesus!
Advent Midweek Services
Wednesday Dec 4, 7pm: Yamhill Cantata – What Kind of Throne
Wednesday Dec 11, 6:30pm: Preschool Service – Unwrapping the Manger
Wednesday Dec 18, 6:30pm (soup supper at 5:30pm): Youth-led Service – Arise and Shine
Tuesday Dec 24, 3pm and 7pm: Glorious Light (Isaiah 9:1-7): This candlelight service for Christmas Eve reveals the glorious light of our Lord Jesus as we sing “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” and “Silent Night.”
Wednesday Dec 25, 10am: Shining Light (Genesis 1:1-5): Join us Christmas morning to celebrate the shining Light of Christ that no darkness can overcome. Christ our Lord, lying in the manger, shines for us all. Merry Christmas!