Advent Celebration 2019
"For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace, for the throne of David and his kingdom.He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore."
Isaiah 9: 6-7
Starting Dec. 1: Wonder
Come, let us walk in the light of God. (Isaiah 2:5)
This week you're invited to focus on the idea of wonder! How do you see the wonder of Christ working in your church and your local community? Are you in awe of how the spirit moves?
Pray for God's light to shine upon the world this week as you celebrate the following ministries and accomplishments in the Oregon-Idaho Conference this year!
Starting Dec. 8: Inspire
A little child will lead them. (Isaiah 11:6)
How does it feel to be inspired by the Spirit? How does the breath of God make things new?
As we celebrate week two of Advent, think of all the ways you've been inspired by the Holy Spirit and pray for those who need to feel the "spark of the Creator's breath" in their lives.
You're invited to celebrate the many inspiring ways in which the Oregon-Idaho Conference is being lead by the Holy Spirit!
Starting Dec. 15: Expect
Strengthen your hearts, for the coming of Christ is near (James 5:8)
We have many expectations in our lives and in our faith.
But how do we expect the unexpected? How do we live into the idea that we can expect Christ's arrival, but the mystery of how Christ's love unfolds in our lives is still being determined?
This week, we invite you to celebrate various ministries within the Oregon-Idaho Conference and prayerfully consider how we expect to continue living out Christ's holy name in 2020.
Starting Dec. 22: Surprise
I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people. Your savior is born today; he is the Messiah. (Luke 2: 10-11)
Surprises can sometimes be filled with such great news. The greatest surprise of all, the birth of Christ; born to make this world new; born to bring light and love into the lives of all people.
What have been the surprises in your life that have brought good news -- moments of hope, joy, inspiration and more?
As we celebrate the last week of Advent, we invite you to pray to remember the good news -- remember the joy and remember the love that Christ gives each and every one of us -- no strings attached.
We invite you to celebrate the many surprising and wonderful ways in which the Oregon-Idaho Conference is engaging our local communities and the world around us.