This Weekend at Hope:
Countdown to Christmas
Coming Soon!| Isaiah 7:13-14
 
Dear Hope Family,
 
We live in an uncertain world. Lately, the darkness somehow seems to be swelling, and the givens we used to take for granted no longer hold.
 
As if our personal sorrows that come and go aren't tough enough, the news of the day shakes the foundations upon which we used to depend. North Korea now has missiles that can reach American soil. Political divisiveness crowds out diplomacy (and even dominates late night comedy shows). Twitter fights make headline news, and objective journalism is fast becoming an endangered species. A growing line of powerful men who lived as cultural icons for years turn out to be perpetrators of sexual harassment, breaking our hearts for their victims, awakening the world to the injustice too many women face in the workplace, and reminding us that darkness can't hide forever (which is ultimately good news).
 
Still, waiting for light to break through this current darkness can try our patience. In times like this, it's good to remember the words of the prophets who bring hope ... 
 
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope." Jeremiah 29:11
 
Our future is (surprise!) actually quite brilliant and bright. This current darkness won't last. Eternal light from heaven will overwhelm it. Until then, we wait ... we trust ... and we hold on to hope. Along the way, we discover the faith-expanding wonder and mystery of hope-filled expectation ...
 
Welcome to the season of Advent! The light of the world, Jesus Christ, will be here soon! This is Advent ...  and  Christmas is coming!
 
Peace,
Mike Housholder
 
PS- " Coming Soonis the title of our sermons this weekend (the first Weekend of Advent), as we launch a new series called Countdown to Christmas! I'll preach Saturday night and Sunday morning. Pastor Jeremy will preach Sunday night. Bring a Bible and your friends who are looking for light in a dark world!
 
PPS- In addition to our weekend Advent Services leading up to Christmas, you're also invited to some special Christmas events at Hope: Christmas with Wartburg (tonight at 7:30 pm), Lessons & Carols (Monday at 6:30 pm) Kids' Christmas Weekend (Dec. 9 at 5:00 pm and Dec. 10 at 9:15, 11:00 am & 5:00 pm), Christmas Cantata (Dec. 16 at 5:00 pm and Dec. 17 at 9:15, 11:00 am & 5:00 pm), and of course our Christmas Eve Services at Hope (Dec. 22 at 5:00 pm, Dec. 23 at 3:00 & 5:00 pm) and Wells Fargo Arena (Dec. 24 at 11:00 am, 2:00 & 5:00 pm). 



Christmas with Wartburg
Friday, Dec. 1, 7:30 pm

Christmas with Wartburg is a traditional celebration that provides a fitting opportunity for Wartburg, as a college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, to proclaim the Good News of Christ's birth in word and song.
Lessons & Carols
Monday, Dec. 4, 6:30 pm

The Service of Lessons and Carols is a festival of Bible readings, Christmas Carols and special music. This special service celebrates the coming of our Lord Jesus, not only as a babe in the manger, but also as Lord and King. This service will be led by the Hope Orchestra, Chapel Brass, Adoration Adult Choir, Ring of Hope Bell Choir and organ.

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Kids' Christmas Weekend
Saturday, Dec. 9, 5:00 pm
Sunday, Dec. 10, 9:15 & 11:00 am & 5:00 pm

Join us for weekend worship as our Countdown to Christmas sermon series continues with a message titled "Things Are Looking Up!" Children from HopeKids and/or the Rejoice! and Hallelujah Hearts Children's Choirs will provide a short Christmas performance.

Cantata
Saturday, Dec. 16, 5:00 pm
Sunday, Dec. 17, 9:15 & 11:00 am and 5:00 pm
 
Join us for Hope's annual Christmas Cantata featuring the PRAISE! Choir and the Hope Orchestra.
 
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS: JOIN US FOR CHRISTMAS EVE!


Sunday, Dec. 24
11:00 am, 2:00 & 5:00 pm
at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines

Join us for Christmas as we worship together (all six campuses!) downtown at Wells Fargo Arena! Invite your family, friends, and co-workers for what we hope will be the largest outreach event in the state of Iowa in the past decade! This is a chance to come together as one and celebrate the greatest gift we've ever been given ... Jesus Christ! There's plenty of room for all! Message will be by Pastor Mike Housholder.



Friday, Dec. 22, 5:00 pm
Saturday, Dec. 23, 3:00 & 5:00 pm
at Hope

With three convenient times leading up to Christmas Eve, these services are a great option for those traveling or out-of-town for Christmas. Message will be by Pastor Jeremy Johnson.

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