Church of the Nazarene- Harrisonburg
Christmas Light: The Dawn
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  • Church of the Nazarene - Harrisonburg
    1871 Boyers Rd, Harrisonburg, VA 22801, USA
    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
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    Sunday 9:00 AM, Sunday 10:30 AM
This week at COTN
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So you've been attending our church for a while (or even just a few times) and you're wondering: what next? We have a way for you to connect even deeper with Next Steps! Find out how you can get more involved with Church of the Nazarene here: abeaconofhope.churchcenter.com

1. East Rock Events- Want to get involved with everything that's going on at our East Rock Campus? Find our more here: https://www.abeaconofhope.org/eastrock/

2. Celebrate Advent with COTN- This season, we will be celebrating Advent as an entire church family by inviting you to engage on Sunday mornings during service and Sunday evenings at 5pm in your home through our social media!
Facebook: cotn.hope
Instagram: cotn_hope

3. Discover Your Church- If you're interested in learning more about Church of the Nazarene and how to become a member, you can sign-up for our online version of Discover Your Church, happening December 8 at 6:30pm. Register at info@abeaconofhope.org

4. Caroling- Are you looking for more ways to spread Christmas cheer during 2020? Well, COTN needs you! We want to invite you to be an outdoor caroling greeter before our Christmas services, starting on December 13. Families and individuals alike can sign up for time slots here:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d4faaad28a2f58-cotn

Check out our Church Center app to register for Events, stay connected to your Life Group, and manage your Giving. You can also use the app to take those Next Steps!
https://abeaconofhope.churchcenter.com/home

540.434.1092
info@abeaconofhope.org
This prophecy foretells the coming of Christ by predicting certain things that will be true about that time:
-There will be no more gloom
-The people of God (Galilee) will be honored
-Those walking in darkness will not only see, but see a great light
-A new era will arrive, in the form of light dawning
-To grasp the utter importance of this text, we have to go back. All the way back to when light was created

To grasp the importance of this text, we have to go back to when light was created.
The first thing we ever read God saying, the first of His stated creative acts – Let there be light.

We learn from the very beginning that light will be something important and special.

Everything in creation stems from that original creation of light.
1. LIGHT IS GOOD
Light is the first of the Creator's works, showing the work of the divine in a world that is chaos without it.
-Light symbolizes life“You have rescued me from death. You have kept my feet from stumbling so that I could walk in your presence, in the light of life” (Psalm 56:13)
-Light symbolizes truth“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105)
2. GOD IS LIGHT
“God is light, and there isn’t any darkness in him.” (1 John 1:5)
“The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?” (Psalm 27:1)
-Light to the world “You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14)
-Light yet to come "There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:5)
Any good Jew would be able to immediately read Matthew 4 and see how it points us back to the prophecy in Isaiah.

There is a clear parallel here between the initial story of creation of Genesis 1 (“Let there be light”) and the arrival of Jesus (“a light has dawned”)

Jesus’ affirms that God’s kingdom has come near. It is not just that “a light has dawned” but rather “our light has dawned”
Bottom Line:
He didn’t just come to be THE Light, He came to be YOUR Light.
“The splendors of creation and the agonies of redemption combine in Christmas, this center where God in Christ invades existence with redeeming light and decisively defeats evil.”
― Eugene Peterson

Giving at HFCN

If you have ever have questions or need help with online giving, please let us know. finance@abeaconofhope.org Thank you for your partnership in the Kingdom of Christ!

https://abeaconofhope.churchcenter.com/giving