Harrisonburg First Church of the Nazarene
Here Comes Heaven (The Waiting)
Thanks for joining us today for the beginning of this 2019 Advent season!
Locations & Times
  • 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 HFCN
Drummer Boy Offering- Dec 8, This offering is taken annually to help those in need within our own congregation.

Be sure to invite your friends & family to all of our Christmas services...don't forget about Christmas Eve!!!

December's bulletin---> https://indd.adobe.com/view/f7ca44fc-501f-4455-b72c-f16633e1398f
Christmas is the divine breaking into the mundane.
The ordinary interrupted by the extraordinary.
His kingdom entering into our reality.
“Here Comes Heaven”

You didnʼt have to experience the first Christmas to know that Christmas was coming.
The challenge is the promise of God with us came with silence.
(From the end of the Old Testament to the birth of Christ was a span of silence lasting 400 years.)

That of waiting that inspired these lyrics:
O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel
What are you waiting for?

You are surrounded by brokenness and feel defeated

You canʼt make sense of the circumstances around you

Youʼre not sure how long you can go on like this

Godʼs plan seems foggy and Heʼs not showing you the next step

You feel stuck, like youʼre going through the motions, or like something is missing.
Youʼre waiting and youʼre not even sure on what.
We canʼt understand a God who doesnʼt speak how we want, or when we want. We believe, in the silence, that God is absent.
The bottom line:
“The presence of silence is not the absence of Presence.”
This Christmas, the challenge for us in our waiting...

In a world where we default to busy and where our norm is to run from silence, it is critical that we learn to stop.
More than likely, You will not worship this Christmas on accident.

Yes, we continue to wait. But we donʼt wait on God, wait with Him.
The same God who sent Jesus in the midst of silence is with you in your waiting.

Even when nothing is happening, something is happening.
“But when the set time had fully come, God sent Jesus” -Galatians 4:4.
The same God who kept his promise then will continue to keep His promise now.
The bottom line:
“The presence of silence is not the absence of Presence.”

Giving at HFCN

Thank you so much for your partnership in the Kingdom of Christ!