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Mountains often became sacred sites for God to interact with his people. This was true because it was often thought that if God resided in the heavens (skies), then going to the highest geographical point would increase proximity to God.

We see this interaction all throughout scripture. Ezekiel mentions that part of our garden experience was that we stood with God on his holy mountain (Ez. 28:13-15). Abraham ascends into the mountains to sacrifice his son Isaac when God speaks to him and prophesies of the future sacrifice that would be made because of Abraham’s faith (Gen. 22:1-14). Moses would encounter the glory of God and receive instruction from him on how God’s people were to worship (Ex. 19). Elijah would hide in the cleft of a mountain until the might of God was brought to a soft whisper (1 Kgs. 19:8-18).

This theme continues in the New Testament. Jesus would often ascend mountains to be alone and pray (Jn. 6:15, Mt. 14:23, Lk. 6:12) and it was on a mountain that Jesus was transfigured and God was with him (Mt. 17, Mk. 9:2-8, Lk. 9:28-36). But there is a final mountain mentioned in Revelation 21-22 where an angel brings the apostle John to the peak and shows him the city of God.

Here he sees the city of God descending out of heaven to be with God.  The city is descending into the valley and there in the center is God sitting on his throne. Flowing out of that throne is the river of life, and it is feeding the trees of life that we had abandoned. John sees a restored garden where God is now physically and spiritually with us again.

We are reminded through Advent not only of when God came to be with us in Jesus, and how God is with us through the Holy Spirit, but how we are day by day anticipating that great event when God will be with us in the new heavens and new earth where hope, peace, joy, and love will find their final fulfillment; so that what we believe about tomorrow, will ultimately change how we live today.

Daily Guide

Use the daily guide to aid you in your encounter with God this Advent season.

Listen to the Advent Guide

Liturgies

The weekly Advent liturgies are a resource for following along with the in-service elements. We invite you to explore the different elements of each service and interact with them even beyond Sunday.

Christmas Impact

We invite you to make an impact through greater connection with our ministry partners, both on Sunday mornings and Sunday evenings this Advent season.

Serve

You are invited to participate in one or all three different Impact Experiences on Sunday nights during Advent Season. Each week from 4:00pm to 4:45pm in the Student Ministry Center North you will have the opportunity to hear directly from the leaders of some of our ministry partners and participate in simple hands-on projects to encourage them in the work they do.

December 2: Grace and Mercy – Orphan Care
December 9: Encourage and Equip – Teacher Appreciation

Visit the Christmas Impact area in the lobby for more information.

Give

LifeChoices
Come to the Christmas Impact Station and select from a wide list of needed baby items that you can purchase and bring back to the church. These items are combined and put together by LifeChoices to give to new parents. This is the 17th year we have partnered with LifeChoices to provide the needed supplies they use throughout the year as they serve and encourage new parents.

Watered Gardens
Each year, Watered Gardens sets up a Christmas shop where families can come and purchase new items for their kids. Instead of using money to buy the toys, they use their time and energy by working for them in the Worth Shop. This is an incredible way to restore dignity to these parents and let them earn gifts for their kids. Stop by the Christmas Impact Station in the lobby to choose what type of toy to purchase.