Judah and Advent
As we turn our attention toward Christmas, we enter a season known as advent. Advent is the anticipation we experience at the arrival of someone great. We remain in the story of Joseph, Genesis 43-44, but the story takes an advent turn as we see Jacob's son Judah step to center stage. Judah is in the ancestral line of both King David and Jesus.

Not only is Judah a forefather of Jesus but in this moment in Biblical history he does something very much like Jesus. Judah knows that a debt must be paid for the sin he and his brothers committed. He is willing to pay the debt that is owed with his own life. The tension has been mounting as Joseph toys with his brothers and holds their feet to the fire. The reader begins to wonder how the conflict will be resolved. There is anxiety coupled with a desire for "advent".  Advent in the sense that someone needs to rise up and resolve the pain and the hurt. The more uncomfortable things get the more we need someone to bring hope, peace, joy, light and love to this situation.  Judah does that for his family.

But Judah is just a glimmer of light in a dark world.  Like a laser pointer he guides us to One who will come in the future. Compared to the light Jesus brings, Judah is a twinkling star to Jesus's noonday sun! Judah provides a seed, literally and figuratively, for the Messiah who will save His people from their sins. But Judah plays a vital role in redemptive history.  We would not fully comprehend the Light of Christ if we did not have the star of Judah.  See you Sunday. -Kris
Announcements
CHRISTMAS SERVICES:  We will have our regular service at 10 AM on Sunday, December 24. We will also have a Christmas Eve Candlelight service that evening at 6 PM.

CHILDREN'S CHURCH CHILDREN AND OUR VPK CHILDREN WILL BE SINGING SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17!
 
POTLUCK DECEMBER 17 following the church service! Bring a main dish, salad, side dish, or a dessert! There is a sign-up sheet in the Fellowship Hall so we have an idea of what's being brought in.
 
Bike Assembly: The Kiwanis and City of Lake Worth will be doing their annual bike give away at the Holiday Festival in Lake Worth on December 16.  We need volunteers to assemble the bikes on December 9 in the morning and to work the festival. Email Pastor Kris if you are interested: kris@sunlightcc.org  
 
Sunlight Christian Academy is hoping to have a booth at the Holiday Festival in Lake Worth this year.  We are hoping to have a booth for kids to decorate Christmas Ornaments.  If you would like to help at the booth on December 16, talk to Amanda Albequerque our preschool director.

Alpha: This January we will be a launching 10 week study on the foundations of Christianity. Check out the information at www.alphausa.org and contact Pastor Kris if you are interested in serving as host, provide a meal, discussion leader and more.

BOOK CLUB:
We will be having our annual book exchange on December 3. The selection for January 21 is "The Bad*** Librarians of Timbuktu" by Joshua Hammer. We meet at 7pm at members' homes. Talk to Jean Bosman or Kim Vanderlaan for further information.
Prayer Concerns

Harvey and Gail Schans' son, Joshis going through chemo and radiation treatments for brain cancer. He's had minimal side effects so far. Pray for God's mighty healing and grace! Keep Josh and Jenny in your prayers as their baby is due in March.

Helen Justis' mother suffered a heart attack last Sunday. She is doing well following surgery. Also, Helen's father is having kidney issues. Pray for their recovery and healing.

Jo Schans has changed rooms but remains at Courtyard Gardens of Jupiter, 1790 Indian Creek Dr. West, Jupiter, FL 33458. Room A-109.

Ted VanKalker remains at Signature Care in Lake Worth. Pray for both Ted and Betty.
  
REMEMBER IN PRAYER:
Gwen VanEss, Jessie Nienhouse, Delle Slater, and Ted VanKalker.
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