In his sermon from Luke 1:39-45, Pastor Stan told us that Elizabeth is a living example of shame reversing to honor, of rejection changing course to acceptance. What a model for our world today! “The Great Reversal” – Pastor Stan Shantz
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“Make a Joyful Noise” by Barbara Tenney.  In place of a sermon, we performed a play today!  It was the story of a church choir that needed God’s intervention when nothing went right at practice. God set things right! Not through terror or violent acts, but through a baby – Jesus Christ, our deliverer.  Zephaniah 3.14-20
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Luke 3:1-6 tells us that God’s word showed up through John in a surprising place. It didn’t come through any of the government officials or rulers Luke mentions. It came to John who was located in a wilderness, far away from the powers. Where is our wilderness? Might God be showing up there? Pastor Stan asked us to be prepared to see the Messiah come in previously unseen ways. And then, tell the world about
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In our culture there is little room for darkness. But we have no need to fear or run from the darkness that can be our reality, because Jesus is our righteousness! We place our hope in Jesus who is surely coming! Sermon: “A New Reality” by Pastor Stan Jeremiah 33.14-16 and Psalm 25.1-10  
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EMM Missionary Bianca Neff spoke with us from Luke 24:13-35. This healing message reminded us of God’s presence when we’re walking wounded in body, mind and spirit.  
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