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Preparing for Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve is eleven days away! Don’t panic! Instead of stress and hurry, make a decision right now to enjoy the next few days. Slow down a little bit. Have some meaningful conversations. Soak it all in.
Also, make plans to attend one of our Christmas Eve services. We will have services at 2:00 and 3:30pm. Nursery will be provided through age two. The Christmas Eve service is part of our spiritual formation as His people. The Advent season has been building us towards this celebration. Please invite anyone not part of another congregation to this inspiring and faith-building experience.
Sunday (December 23) is important, too. Our Covenant Partners will have the chance to ratify Rhonda Gregory, Ched Heiss, Tommy Hollinden, and Laura Rivera to the Leadership Board for 2019-20.
I’ll be preaching week three of Advent, as we look to the theme Joy. I look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Aaron

 

 

The Longest Night

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What’s a Longest Night Service?
As we move through Advent and the Christmas season, many of us carry pain of loss, or grief, or feelings of stress or burden.  It often feels like the reality of our experience has to be hidden or unacknowledged during the festivities of the season.  With The Longest Night Service, we’re offering both a space to acknowledge and lament the loss or pain and to receive the comfort of Immanuel, God With Us.
Our doors are open to find a place of remembering and consolation on Friday, Dec. 21st from 6:30 – 7:30.  We’d love for you to join us, and to invite those you know who might be blessed by this service.
Grace and peace,

Pastor Deborah Jackson

In Him was life, and that life was the light of men.  That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.”  John 1:4

Advent Begins!

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ADVENT is a word with Latin roots, meaning “coming.” Advent designates a period before Christmas when Christians prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. This practice may have begun in some churches as early as the late fourth century.  Sermons focused on the wonder of the Incarnation. By the Middle Ages four Sundays had become the standard length of the Advent season. Since then, Advent has been considered to be the beginning of the church year.
Our church has been observing Advent since 2012, which became a doorway to more participation in liturgical life. The church has a message of power at Christmas!  The season of Advent celebrates that Christ came, and that Christ is coming again!  So, for the next four Sundays and Christmas Eve at CIL we will share the message of Advent.  Come expecting songs about Jesus, preaching about Jesus, and communion centered on Jesus. There is not a more important activity for you this Christmas season.
Aaron
aaron@cil.church