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Advent 2020

Advent 2020

Dear Messiah Community,

During this Advent season, we are reminded of God’s love for all humankind as embodied in the incarnation of Jesus coming to earth to reconcile us to God and to teach us how to live and love. In the midst of all the troubling events of 2020, the love you have shared with our Messiah community, specifically our students, has been a source of inspiration and encouragement.

Thank you for your faithful prayers and financial support as we educate women and men for service, leadership and reconciliation. Your investment in their education will have a positive impact for years to come.

Wishing you peace and joy this Christmas,

Kim S. Phipps Ph. D., President
Messiah University

WE ARE THE CLAY, AND YOU ARE OUR POTTER!
Isaiah 64:1-9 & Mark 13:24-37

  • How do we see signs of God’s hands in the world today?
  • What does it mean to keep awake in our ordinary life and in the life of our church?

LIFT UP OUR VOICES!
Isaiah 40:1-11 & Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

  • If the Word of God never fails, what have we done to proclaim the Good News to those yet unbelieving?
  • In Psalm 85:10, the Psalmist writes, “Steadfast love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.” How do we pray and expect that to happen in our family, community and nation?

TRUE FREEDOM
Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 & 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

  • The “year of the Lord’s favor” denotes freedom for God’s people. How have you experienced God-given freedom in your life circumstances when things are uncertain and unsettled? (i.e. COVID-19)
  • Apostle Paul challenges believers to, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will in Christ Jesus.” In what ways have we taken Paul’s challenge to prioritize God’s promises in the midst of life’s disappointments?

SONG FOR MY LORD, MY SAVIOR!
Luke 1:46b-55 & Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26

  • If we were to individually compose our personal hymn of praise, what would your lyrics be?
  • The Psalmist reminds us in Psalm 89:26 that we shall cry to God our King, “You are our Father, our God, and the Rock of our salvation!” Can we make this cry truly ours?

A GREAT LIGHT
Isaiah 9:2-7 & Luke 2:1-14

  • In what ways do you see the work of Christ and the body of Christ (church) shattering darkness and bringing God’s light from generation to generation?
  • When are we still fearful of sharing this Good News with others, and how do these verses help us to overcome our fear?