December 23 at 7 PM
There will be food trucks available on December 23.
December 24 at 5 and 7 PM
Sunday, December 26
One service at 10:30 AM (no KidStep or CORE)
This will be a regular Sunday service, different from the Christmas Eve services.
If you could describe Christmas in one snapshot, what would it be? A picture of a manger scene? A Christmas tree? A candle-lit worship service? All sorts of images come to mind when we reflect on the meaning of Christmas. In some sense, it’s hard to summarize this season in just one image.
In this series, we will look at five scenes—five snapshots—in the Christmas story. They are scenes of different characters and different experiences. While they may only be snapshots, each one helps us see the depth and dimension of the Christmas message. Likewise, through these snapshots we see how we are invited into the story.
Christmas Snapshots at Hershey Free
During this Snapshot Christmas series, we invite you to gather friends and family to take your own snapshot and use #hfcsnapshots to share them with us on Facebook and Instagram. We have two photo areas: one in the main lobby and in the orange lobby. We can’t wait to see your creative Christmas photos.
On Sunday, November 28, the season of Advent begins. To observe it together, we have an Advent Calendar available for you to pick up or to download and print at home. Each day of the Advent season will include a Scripture to read, a prayer prompt or reflection question, and a Christmas activity to do as a family! We hope you’ll take advantage of being intentional together this Advent season!
Devotional & Discussion Questions
What’s a once-in-a-lifetime moment you would like to experience?
“In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.”
“Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.”
“Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth…” (Luke 1:5-14)
“Zechariah asked the angel, ‘How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.’” (Luke 1:18)
Disappointment --> Doubt --> Disconnect
“The angel said to him, ‘I am Gabriel, I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.’” (Luke 1:19-20)
“His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: ‘Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them.’” (Luke 1:67-68)
“…because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79)
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)