Christmas Angels Surprise (Luke 2:7-20)

AUDIO MOTIVATE Christmas is special for surprises. Alexa with Amazon tries to protect against ruining surprises by saying they won’t name details inside the box. Families announcing pregnancy. Parents waking children up with packed bags for Disney. Deployed military members return home to see family (tear jerks). Generosity of people Gold coins in Salvation Army…

Christmas Angels Comfort (Luke 1:26-38)

AUDIO: MOTIVATE Nativity decorations: manger with baby Jesus / Joseph & Mary / Shepherds / Animals Camels, Sheep, Horses / NO MAGI… Nativities also have angels, but typically they’re placed on the peripheral. However, angels are not an afterthought. They are at the center of every nativity story: with Zechariah & Elizabeth (Lk 1:11-20), with…

Hark! Christmas Angels Praise (Psalm 148)

AUDIO MOTIVATE It was Christmas Eve. Michael looked over at Gabriel and spoke, “What time is it?” Gabriel looked over at the giant clock but wasn’t sure because his friends were working on re-setting it. However, he figured Michael was about to give instructions, so he jumped up and readied for action. The order was…

Advent at Severna Park 2018

This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent. Advent is a Latin word meaning, “coming, or arrival.” The season of Advent is a time for readying our hearts for properly celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas has so much chaos: decorating, planning, shopping, budgeting (maybe this should precede the former), stressing, cooking, eating, stress-eating, wrapping,…