This week, we begin our Advent sermon series:
Light of Grace: Reflecting on 250 Years of the Beloved Hymn
It may be a season of favorite Christmas carols, but this year also marks the 250th anniversary of one of the most beloved Christian songs of all time: “Amazing Grace”. During this short Advent season, we will focus our attention on the extravagant free gift of God’s Son, Jesus; born as one of us. What does grace look like at Christmastime, and what will it look like for the whole year?
This week, we explore the story behind the hymn and consider what it holds in common with how our church remembers the announcement of Jesus coming into the world. Before the quaint and nostalgic nativity image, every year Advent begins with the wild and unpredictable prophet John the Baptist preaching repentance out in the wilderness. Where is the grace there? How can grace be found in places that seem so stark and harsh and challenging? Dive in with us together! Grace is at the heart of the Advent / Christmas season!