St. Stephen’s Advent Worship Series
The Four Sundays of “It’s a Wonderful Life” Christmas begins Sunday, Nov. 29
During Advent, we celebrate the coming of Christ at Bethlehem, his coming into our hearts, and his SecondComing. For four Sundays before Christmas, our worship calls us into a time of preparation as we wait for the coming of the Lord. This year at St. Stephen’s Church, we will prepare and wait for the coming of the Lord through the worship series “It’s a Wonderful Life! Christmas!”
The series connects scripture and the promise of Christmas and the greatest gift with Frank Capra’s 1946 classic movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Through the life of George Bailey and other characters of the movie, we will examine our faith in Christ and prepare ourselves to receive the greatest gift, Emmanuel, “God with us.” Jesus, born in a manger in Bethlehem, is the Gift of Christmas! He is the Good News of Great Joy! Through him, we discover how we “may have life and have it abundantly” in his name (John 10:10 NRSV). Through “It’s a Wonderful Life! Christmas!” may you discover this Christmas that every part of life is precious, and Jesus truly gives us a wonderful life through his birth among us!
Advent I:November 29 Isaiah 2:1-5; Matthew 24:36-44 It’s a Wonderful Life: Brave It
Advent II: December 6 Isaiah 11:1-10; Matthew 3:1-12 It’s a Wonderful Life: Hope In It
Advent III: December 13Luke 1:39-44 It’s a Wonderful Life: Believe In It
Advent IV: December 20Luke 2:1-20 It’s a Wonderful Life: Treasure It