Tune into the message prepared for us for this morning by watching the video below.
Study Guide & Followup Questions
What in your life brings you HAPPINESS at this moment?
How can you think about JOY in your life — no matter the circumstances?
What do you feel you have lost in 2020? How have you talked with God about this?
Read Isaiah 61:1-3. Which phrase(s) in these verses describe how God has blessed you this year? Which phrase(s) best describe how you are thankful for Jesus?
Read Luke 1:39-56. In what ‘crazy’ situation in your life (or the life of someone you know) was God able to bring JOY — either to you or someone else?
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16. What helps you to remember to always be full of JOY?
Having JOY comes more easily when we are watching and listening for God. When have you seen God at work in the middle of life’s craziness?
What situation are you (or someone you know) facing that seems impossible to overcome? How are you reminding yourself of God’s care and unlimited power to help?
Even in the middle of challenges, for what have you found to thank and praise God?
2)SONGS OF RESPONSE
Spend some time in song and worship, responding to the teaching Lyrics will be on all the YouTube videos below. Watch inline below, or click the playlist to open in another window.
Good Christian Men Rejoice
Angels We Have Heard on High
Joy has Dawned
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Joy to the World
(prepared by (Troy Jones) This week’s Advent word is Joy. What Christmas Song comes to your mind first - “Joy to the World” was the first one that came to me. … Joy to the world, the Lord is come … … Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! ... Though we are not able to be under the same roof this week I pray you all are finding joy in the Christmas Season. I hope you can pray for; share your requests with; and share your joy with others this week. May the arrival of Jesus our Lord be a reason the Christmas Season brings you Joy.
Good News Rescue Mission - Please contact Molly Gonzalez if you would like to help with making cookies for the Good News Rescue Mission this year. We are looking for people who could make a dozen or two cookies and then bag them up in pairs to be handed out at the GNRM Christmas party. We would love to be able to partner with them as they continue to serve our community in these times. You can call Molly at (530) 515- 7302. (They will need to be ready for hand off the 14th or 15th so that Molly can deliver them the 16th of December)
Message from Churchill: Dear Family, Our brothers and sisters in Nigeria are facing unprecedented food shortage, food crisis and hardship since this year. Coronavirus global pandemic has escalated the problems. Thank you family for supporting us early this year to provide medicines and free medical treatment to these poor families in Nigeria. We’ll still show the video when things normalize again. Goal: Our goal now is to raise money and take to Nigeria to purchase raw bulk foods for these families. Need: Plane ticket for Churchill and money to buy the food there in Nigeria. Travel date-Last week in Jan.2021 Your part: Please pray, if God touches your heart, make a check to New Life Missions, memo “Food Drive.” P.O.Box 493433, Redding, CA 96049. 100% of your gift is tax deductible. Or you can call Churchill at 530-410-5398