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In our world of chaos and trouble it may seem as if God has left us on our own. We may wonder if God cares, knows, or is able to do anything about our troubles. Advent show us that God does care, is with us, and is able to do something about our troubles. Advent shows us that the Word became flesh. God became flesh and made His dwelling among us.

This year we will not have a mid-week Advent service. Instead we will have a brief video devotion which will be posted each Wednesday. Our Advent series will take place during our regular Saturday (4:00 pm) and Sunday (9:00 am) Services.

We will be exploring John 1:1-18. These eighteen verses contain some of the most important words ever written. They explode with light and brilliance, truth and grace. And John 1:1-18 is chalked-full of dearly-loved Advent and Christmas themes, with the most famous one being, “The Word became flesh.” (John 1:14). That’s the focus of this series of sermons on John 1:1-18. Many of the insights are a result of a workshop I attended with Dr. Lessing from Concordia University St. Paul. I thank him for his insights on these sacred words. In this series we will consider such themes as follows:

  • “You Have My Word!” (John 1:1-5)
  • “A Man Named John” (John 1:6-9, 15)
  • “Chosen Children” (John 1:12b)
  • “The Word Dwelt Among Us” (John 1:14a)
  • “We Have Seen His Glory!” (John 1:14b)

Historically the Fourth Gospel is likened to an eagle—an image suggesting that John soars to awesome heights of glory and grandeur. As we begin Advent and dig into John 1:1-18, get ready to fly and invite someone to attend with you.

Pastor Schoenfeld