Posted by on Dec 1, 2019 in Community, Featured, Music, Worship and Arts, Uncategorized |

The Christian new year begins with the season of Advent. This year, using Matthew 1, we will be looking at the “Women of Advent”. Usually, genealogies list only the paternal relatives, but Matthew lists four women. Four INTERESTING women, that one might not usually consider lifting up as examples. A widow who seduces her father-in-law, an actual prostitute who hides the Israelites in exchange for her family being saved, a Moabite women, part of a nation excluded from Jewish community and the name often used as descriptive for “enemies of God”. The final women was married and the king of Israel demanded her presence and when she was found pregnant, her husband was murdered.

These are the women of Advent, not some holy and righteous women, but women who were strong, determined and in their own ways, faithful. Matthew remembers them as ancestors of Jesus. Jesus’ mother Mary, also had scandal attached to her as an unwed mother. These women are reminder to all of us, that we can be followers of Christ, no matter what our background. Join us this December, for “The Women of Advent”.

December 1

“Tamar, the Widow”

Genesis 38: 11-18, 24-30

Matthew 1: 1-6

December 8

“Rahab, the Prostitute”

Joshua 2: 8-15

Hebrews 11: 30-34

December 15

“Ruth, the Moabite”

Ruth 1: 16-22

Luke 1: 47-55

December 22

“Bathsheba, Wife of Uriah”

2 Samuel 11: 1-16, 26-27

Matthew 1: 18-25

December 24

“Mary, Blessed Among Women”

Isaiah 9: 2-7

Luke 2: 1-20

December 29

“We are the Ancestors of Christ”

Luke 2: 25-38