Hope Community Church
an Advent Christian Fellowship
If you are looking for a place where Jesus Christ is the center of life together then on behalf of the Hope family, I would like to extend a warm invitation for you to join us as we seek to be the Church, discovering and celebrating the joy of life in Christ. We invite you to join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 9:30am with Christian Education at 11am. God is doing something special at HCC. Why not be a part? We look forward to seeing you.
Rev. Chad C. Fernald, Pastor-Teacher
Through the winter months, Tuesday evening prayer group will begin at 5:30pm
Christmas concert & youth pageant
Saturday, December 14th @ 6pm
A Word of Hope
The Message of Christmas
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests."
From Luke's account of the birth of Jesus, we learn several things.
The message of the birth of Christ is the best news: "I bring you good news of great joy..." Far from being a cause of fear or distress, the coming of Jesus is a cause for celebration!
The message of the birth of Christ is for the whole world: "...good news of great joy that will be for all the people." Christianity is the most inclusive 'religion' ever introduced into the world. It is for 'whosoever' will come by faith.
The message of the birth of Christ is for each as individuals: "I bring you good tidings..." Though the angel was speaking to a group of shepherds, the message was for each as individuals.
The message of Christmas is about God reaching down in love to save. This is what sets the Judeo-Christian God apart from all the other so called gods of the world and testifies to Him as the True and Living God. If He was just one among many gods, He would make demands of people to earn His love and favor; but He does things the other way around!
This does not mean that a person is free from any responsibility before God. The message of the birth of Christ demands a response: "...a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord." Christ is ready to save, but someone once said, 'Christ will not save anyone He cannot command'. If you expect Him to be your Savior, you must be ready to yield to Him as Lord.
May your celebration of Christmas be blessed as God shows His favor to you.
Did you miss Sunday Service? Go to the 'services' page and scroll down to the 'Pastor's Messages' section. Click the link to download the sermon.
Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
We will be continuing our service to the Dover Housing Authority in 2013 (the last Wednesday* of each month).
If you have ideas for reaching into our community, send an email to email@example.com