Happy Wednesday, everyone!
By Kevin Christopher, Director for Missional Worship
Isaiah chapter 9 is an encouraging chapter that has good news for all of us. No matter what kind of darkness or hardship you are facing in your life, there is truth found in this passage about Jesus as “the one who brings us true and perfect peace” AND as “the one who fights on our behalf” to bring peace where there is none.
The kingdom of darkness takes a lot of forms in our lives, and the good news of this passage for YOU today is that “this darkness you face will not last forever.” Do you long for peace from the battles that you fight every single day? Do you long for peace for those members of our society who have it far worse than most of us do? Don’t we all just want a real, lasting peace?
This is one of the great things about Christmas time—we get to talk about the great light (spoiler alert, it’s Jesus) who came to this world. For many of us, especially when we were growing up, Christmas time was so full of wonder and joy. The lights, the stories, the gifts, the food, the family—this is the time that we get to think about the kind of world God promised us.
But you might be wondering, if Jesus came and defeated darkness, why is there still so much darkness in our lives? You may ask, why doesn’t God simply zap us with peace and just take the wars away? Wouldn’t that be easier? But, like a child with a parent who loves them (and doesn’t always give them instant relief from everything that is hard), Jesus is teaching us to trust his bigger plan.
On the path to bringing peace to your life and the world around you, here are the two ways that have to work together to bring peace to our lives…
1. Choose to Trust His Finished Peace. The peace Jesus offers is complete. He finished it by dying for you and defeating death by rising from the dead. He’s already won the ultimate battle, and he’s won it for you. Trust that it is complete and total in your battles as well.
2. Choose to Face the Darkness. Engage in the battle, just like Jesus did. This means speaking truth when it’s hard or unpopular. It means addressing the darkness in our own hearts—the things we try to hide or protect. It means spending time with those who have seen darkness in their lives and having compassion on them, and getting involved in being a change agent in their life.
How are people going to learn about this incredible kingdom of everlasting Peace without Jesus? Are people going to know about everlasting peace just because we believe it will come someday? No! We must be the physical representation of the Kingdom of Peace on earth here and now. There is a Kingdom of peace living inside of every one of us who follow Jesus. Because Jesus IS peace—our Prince of Peace.
The first Christmas began with the announcement of good news of great joy! Christmas is a time to celebrate and share the good news! This Sunday, Pastor Tim Prince will be preaching from Isaiah 12 about how Jesus has brought joy and how we can experience joy right here, right now.
Watch or listen to the sermons in the “Fulfilled” series at fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.
Want to listen to this week’s worship music playlist? FCC is now on Spotify! Check it out here. (You’ll need to sign up for a free Spotify account to listen, if you don’t already have one.)
Matt. 5:23-24 (Church Life)
23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
At Faith Community, we want to help everyone meet, know and follow Jesus. Through our strategic plan, we have established five main initiatives to help us move toward this overall goal. A couple times a year, we get together as a church family to talk about our plans for how we hope to live out this goal, and this includes talking about how we steward our resources.
Please pick up a copy of the 2020 Vision Forward booklet to see what’s planned for next year. This Sunday, Dec. 15, FCC covenant members will vote on the budget proposal between the services during a brief meeting in the Refuge Room starting at approximately 10:30 a.m.
Come celebrate Christmas at one of our three services on Dec. 22, 23 and 24, at 5:00pm each evening. Childcare available for children through age 5. Invite a friend by text or email by sharing this link. Or pick up invitation cards at the invitation tables in the lobby at FCC.
Christmas is a time for us to celebrate, because God fulfilled his promises to create a way for real hope, real peace, and real joy! This Christmas season is a time for us to experience and tell the greatest news of all time. God has given us real hope. Hope is a person. Hope has a name. His name is Jesus.
Come experience great music, candle lighting and a clear gospel-centered and practical sermon and then stay for a time to connect with others and enjoy some Christmas goodies and beverages after the services.
INVITE a friend! SEE you there!
If you’d like to serve in the nurseries at one or more of the Christmas services, please contact Karen Garden, Early Childhood and Care Ministry Director, at 715.220.2507. Thank you!
As we approach the beginning of a new year, perhaps you’re thinking about your financial goals. For several years, we have been offering a course that teaches biblical principles related to managing money, including how to pay off debt, save for emergencies and invest for the future.
We have a vision, that in the coming years, we will help thousands in the St. Croix Valley meet, know, and follow Jesus. Your generosity, especially at the end of the year, can help us do this. Your generosity is helping lives to be changed. Seventeen people recently made the step to be baptized! As you have been changed by God's grace, would you please give generously to help others meet, know and follow Jesus? Thank you!
Join with others to sing treasured carols from a hymnal. Invite a friend, too!
LEARN ABOUT FCC events and registrations at fcchudson.com or the app. Search for “Faith Community Church Hudson” on the App Store or Google play to download the app.
PRAYER REQUESTS + CARE NEEDS are posted on the Prayer + Care wall on the FaithBase app. You can also sign up on the app under “Emails + Registrations,” if you would like to receive an email when new prayer requests and care needs are posted.
Wondering if something at FCC is canceled? Check fcchudson.com or the FaithBase app.