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Crowned, a new Post-Abortive Small Group Ministry at Hunstville Pregnancy Resource Center, will begin this week on March 5th. The the curriculum "Her Choice to Heal" by Sydna Masse. The name Crowned is inspired by Isaiah 61:3 "to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes." This would be great to get on our Facebook page this week as well! The small group Bible study will be offered on Tuesday mornings from 9:30-11:30a.m. and Thursday evenings from 6-8p.m. To enroll, contact Hallie at 256.534.1996 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This ministry is inspired by Isaiah 61:3, “to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes.”
As we prepare to worship tomorrow and celebrate the final week of Advent, the song “Is He Worthy” by Andrew Peterson has been on replay in my mind. I go to sleep with the words ringing in my ears and wake up to it resounding. It speaks so profoundly of what the whole world is yearning for; the coming King. (Romans 8)
Advent reminds us each week of the the hope, peace, love and joy that we find in Jesus’s coming at his birth, in our lives today and what we can look forward to in the future when He makes all things new. This is so important not to miss.
At Christmas, it’s easy to focus on the birth of the Messiah and to reflect on what it means to have a relationship with Jesus now, and rightly so. It’s amazing, beautiful and true! But how often during this season do we look ahead to Jesus’ return?
I’ve had several moments this past month that have reminded me of how broken our world is. Our celebration of Advent has helped me overcome what could have easily become despair. It has been a healthy reminder of Jesus life, death and resurrection. It’s given me many visual reminders of His presence with me now, and opportunities to lean into that relationship. But it has also grounded me in the knowledge that Jesus is coming again, and he’s going to fix what is broken. (Revelation 21:5)
I love this. I need to be reminded of this. We all do. And it’s not just a future hope. He’s invited us to be a part of this now by giving us the ministry of reconciliation. As we love one another in Christ and extend that love to the world around us, God’s kingdom is advancing. That is good news! (John 13:34-35, 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
“Is it good that we remind ourselves of this? It is.”
Tomorrow, and Monday as we gather with family for our Christmas Eve services, let’s celebrate and remember.
Let’s celebrate the birth of hope.
Let’s allow the peace of Christ to rule in our hearts and minds.
Let’s remember the good news of great joy that is for all people and express that joy in worship.
Let’s remember how great the love is that the Father has lavished upon us, that we should be called sons and daughters of God, and the Son he gave so that we might bear that name.
And, let’s not forget that a day is coming soon where everything that is broken will be made new by the baby in the manger, who bore the nails, who defeated death and who has promised to return.
“Is He Worthy? He is!”