From Fear to Joy

Advent Four – “From Fear to Joy”  Fear can be paralyzing. Our daughter has a fear of spiders. As an adult who is well-educated and very cognizant that the household spider is more of an ally than an enemy, still she has to work to convince herself of this.

I struggled as a child with a fear of heights. While friends would climb trees and swing from branches I always found excuses to keep my feet firmly on the ground.

Such fears as these are hardly life threatening. And, as stated above, there are ways to educate ourselves such that we can deal with them. When the angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and told her of God’s favor her response was one of fear. There are all sorts of reasons that could justify Mary’s reaction; but the angel had to move her from the fear that caused her to question whether God’s promises could come true to a place where she could experience hope and joy.

What are you afraid of? We don’t mean the little things that you can work through. We are referring to the big things that prevent you from experiencing hope. What are the places in your life where you long to hear some angelic consolation telling you there is no reason to be afraid? We invite you to worship with us Sunday as we explore what it means to move From Fear to Joy.

Scripture  Luke 1:26-38

Sermon   From Fear to Joy

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Take a listen to The Georgia Mass Choir singing JOY.

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Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.