As we have celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the beloved hymn by Martin Luther, From Heaven Above,
provides the backdrop for this year's Advent/Christmas series at Calvin,
which focuses on the divine gifts that come down to us through the birth of Jesus.
Each week in the series, I will be preaching sermons based on Rev. Dean Nadasdy's contributions to this series,
as we "unwrap" one of the precious treasures delivered to us in the holy Child wrapped in swaddling clothes.
We will be singing many familiar hymns of the season, as well as a few new favorites
Week 1: The Gift of Hope (Matthew 12:15-21): The people of Israel waited in hope for the promised Messiah.
We now wait in hope for his return on the Last Day.
Week 2: The Gift of Love (John 3:13-17): The steadfast love of God is revealed in the gift of his Son.
As the redeemed people of God we share his love with others.
Week 3: The Gift of Peace (John 14:25-27): In Christ Jesus we have peace with God. We now share that good news of peace with the world.
Week 4: The Gift of Life (John 1:1-5): Through faith in Jesus we have forgiveness and life,
a life of love and service now in his name and eternal life in his presence.
Come join us each Sunday at 10:30 am. As we have done in our newer tradition, communion will be shared at each service.
Also, at 7:30 pm on Sunday, the 24th of December,
we will be rediscovering and celebrating in the great gift of joy as we will share with the shepherds in the wonder inspired eternally
by the Holy Spirit.
Joyful, joyful we will adore the coming of Jesus Christ in Word, singing and the sharing of His wondrous love.
We will conclude the series on the 31st of December at 10:30 am and celebrate God's glory.
Jesus embodies the relentless, extravagant, limitless, and constant love of God, offering grace upon grace within us as our incarnate Lord.
Come and join us and together in Christ let us make this season a heavenly gift that is more than enough to share!