Wisdom in Wonder and Witness – January 7, 2024

Date: January 7, 2024

Speaker(s): Naomi Yoder

Series: How Will We Know? - Advent 2023

Passage(s): Matthew 2:1–12

Throughout Advent, we have pondered many questions. The questions don’t end at Christmas. There is so much we still don’t know. Yet there is so much that we do know. The Messiah has come, and we are witnesses to the difference that makes to the world. Prelude

Active and Expectant – December 31, 2023

Date: December 31, 2023

Speaker(s): Naomi Yoder

Series: How Will We Know? - Advent 2023

Passage(s): Isaiah 61:10-62:3, Luke 2:22-40

How will we know… who knows? Anna and Simeon’s lives were shaped by their active waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises, so much so that they were able to recognize the infant Jesus as the long-awaited Messiah. Through Advent and beyond, we are also shaped by our active waiting. In our worship, we offer one another the ways in which we have seen and recognized the signs of God’s work around us, and we celebrate the faithfulness of God.

Why Me? // Why Us?

Date: December 24, 2023

Speaker(s): Naomi Yoder

Series: How Will We Know? - Advent 2023

Passage(s): Luke 1:26-38, Luke 2:1-10

How will we know…why me? Why us? Why not? - Throughout the biblical story, we often see that the people who are the most ordinary are the ones through whom God chooses to work. In our humility, we sometimes ask “Why me?” when God invites us to participate. We’re so ordinary, will God really work through us? In the Christmas story, we witness God entering into our ordinary world through the common act of a baby’s birth, and the extraordinary things Jesus brought for all people. In our sometimes challenging world, will God really dwell with us? Today we celebrate that to us a Savior has been born! The Lord has come!

“Where Righteousness is at Home”

Date: December 10, 2023

Speaker(s): Naomi Yoder

Series: How Will We Know? - Advent 2023

Passage(s): 2 Peter 2-8-15a, Mark 1:1-8

How will we know . . . what now? While we may sometimes feel discouraged or uncertain about when or how God will act, like those in our Scriptures, we are called to live and move in the world as God’s people. Even as we wonder “How long?,” we begin to ask “What shall we do while we wait?

Watching, Waiting, Anticipating

Date: December 4, 2023

Speaker(s): Naomi Yoder

Series: How Will We Know? - Advent 2023

Passage(s): Isaiah 64:1-9, Mark 13:24-37