Zechariah’s Song

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Winter is upon us. The snow and cold are to be expected this time of year. But there is one thing that gets me every time. Growing up in the Midwest, I actually look forward to the wintery elements in many respects. Yes, there are pros and cons for every season, but who doesn’t like the beauty of a gentle snow fall, the crunchy sound of snow under your boots in sub-zero degree weather, or the way the morning sun illuminates the trees on those frosty crisp mornings? Winter can certainly be enchanting in its own unique way, but one aspect I really struggle to appreciate is the bleak and gloomy darkness. We are at a point in the year where the sun only shines 37% of the time. Darkness is often associated with depression, and rightly so. There are studies to substantiate that connection. Scripture often speaks of darkness in metaphorical terms while describing the reality of sin and death in this world (Rom 13:12; Matt. 6:23). It seems fitting that we should celebrate Advent this time of year if for no other reason than to remind us of the dawning light of the gospel that drives away the darkness within our hearts. In the first chapter of Luke’s gospel,  Zachariah saw the Messiah as “the Sunrise from on high” (Lk 1:78). He lived his life with the hope that one day soon the shining light of the Son would break through into this world of darkness. God in His providence and kindness allowed Zachariah to see that day. May we all the more take confidence and rejoice in the Light of life that has already come, and will come again, as we face the darkness that surrounds us. As you string up the Christmas lights this season and listen to the hymn of Zachariah this week, may you be reminded of the hope and peace we have in Christ despite the darkness. Let us continue to sing the songs of the Savior as we shine for Him until He comes again.  –Pastor Nate

9AM: Pastor Rory–Anthropology–Sexuality of Humanity, 2

10AM: Pastor Rory–Luke 1:67-79–Zachariah’s Song (sermon notes)

5:30PM: Potluck

6:20PM: Missions Emphasis Night  

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