This Advent we’ll be exploring the theme, “Be Not Afraid”. There’s much to be anxious about in the world around us – natural disasters, political divisiveness, the threat of nuclear war. And many of us struggle with fears in our personal lives – fear of loss, failure, illness, death. The undercurrent of fear in our culture affects us all, to some degree.
But there is a good word for us in this season of Advent. It’s heard in the words of Jesus and the announcements of the angels: “Be not afraid.” That reassurance was given to all the major characters in the Christmas narrative. This Advent, as we revisit the stories promising the coming of Emmanuel, we’ll be reminded that the Christian response — the Christmas response — to the very real problems that threaten us is not to deny them, but to live beyond the fear they provoke, because God is with us.
December 3: Fear of Harm – Isaiah 2:1-4, Matthew 24:1-8
December 10: Fear of Failure – Luke 1:26-38
December 17: Fear of Rejection – Worship drama – Matthew 1:18-25
December 24: Fear of the Unknown – Luke 2:1-20
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