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Current series..."Searching for a Saviour"


This Sunday, December 11 – When Life Gets Hard



December 18 – Saying Yes

December 24 – He’s Here

December 25 – Loving the World

January 1 – New Life for a New Year


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Order of Worship


Welcome, Singing & Prayer

Children’s Time – Lighting the Advent Candle -3

Announcements and Offering

Message: “When Life Gets Hard”… Jamie Holtom

Special Music:  Marvelous Light…Shannon Boudreau

Adult Baptism & Reaffirmation of Faith

Prayers, Closing Song & God Blesses Us



We are glad you have chosen to join us today. May these verses of Scripture help deepen your experience of God this morning as well as be a resource beyond today.

Scripture: Matthew 2:13-23 NIV

The Escape to Egypt

13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” 14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.” 16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:


18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
    weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
    and refusing to be comforted,
    because they are no more.”


The Return to Nazareth

19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.” 21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.


'Marvelous Light'

by Ellie Holcomb and Rusty Varenkamp


I am not who I once was
Defined by all the things I've done
Afraid my shame would be exposed
Afraid of really being known
But then you gave my heart a home

So I walked out of the darkness and into the light
From fear of shame into the hope of life
Mercy called my name and made a way to fly
Out of the darkness and into the light

With years of keeping secrets safe
Wondering if I could change
'Cause when you're hiding all alone
Your heart can turn into a stone
And that's not the way I want to go

So I walk out of the darkness and into the light
From fear of shame into the hope of life
Mercy called my name and made a way to fly
Out of the darkness and into the light

There's no place I would rather be
Your light is Marvelous
Your light is Marvelous

You have come to set us free
You are Marvelous
Your light is Marvelous

So I walked out of the darkness and into the light
From fear of shame into the hope of life
Mercy called my name and made a way to fly
Out of the darkness and into the light



Going Deeper with Searching for a Saviour

“When Life Gets Hard”

Sunday, December 11, 2016 

Warm Up:


For many, Christmas can be a particularly challenging time of year. What is your sense of that? When did you personally experience a year like that and why?


Diving In:

  • Many times we think of, and portray, the Christmas story as a “nice little story” but in reality Jesus was born into a context of great challenge. What are some of the challenges and things that made life hard for Mary & Joseph and this very special birth?
  • As you consider stories of birth (Maybe even your own), what were some challenges that were part of that experience/story?
  • The Matthew 2:13-23 passage has Herod coming after Jesus and then proclaiming that all male children under two will be killed. It’s hard to imagine such an atrocity. And yet we live in a world where such horror truly does exist. What are some examples that come to your mind of the brokenness of our world today? (note that Jesus’ family has to flee to Egypt leaving their home land and become refugees for a period of time)
  • The good news of this story and the Christian faith is that it was THIS reality that Jesus WAS born into. When life is hard God will come. How have you experienced that kind of hope and help in your life?
  • What is your reaction to the following two quotes:


“When pain and suffering come upon us, we finally see not only that we are not in control of our lives but that we never were.” Tim Kellor, Walking With God Through Pain & Suffering


God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world. C.S. Lewis


Take Home:

Take some time throughout the Christmas season to be silent and consider those for whom Christmas is a really hard time this year.

Read Isaiah 9:2-3, 6-7 this week several times praying and praising God for Christ’s birth that brings this kind of Hope and Light.



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