The promise of a savior

Monday, December 20 | Video Introduction

Tuesday, December 21 | Personal or Family Devotional

Wednesday, December 22 | Advent Music

Thursday, December 23 | Family Activity

Friday, December 24 | Family Fun Day & Advent Candle Lighting

Saturday, December 25 | Christmas Service @ 10.00am

Monday, December 20 | VIDEO INTRODUCTION


MOnday-Friday, december 21-24 | THEME REVIEW

Each day this week, take time to review the themes that have been leading up to this point.



Personal or Family devotional

By Pastor Adam Van Dop

One of my favourite elements of Christmas is the way our house gets decorated.  The decorated tree, the warm fire, the candles flickering, the Christmas music playing softly in the background.  I think my favourite part of all the décor, is the lights.  From the ones on our tree, to the ones on the outside of our house.  It all feels so cozy, you might even say “gezellig” (ask a Dutch friend to help you pronounce that; essentially, it’s the way that the Dutch describe the “best kind of cozy”). In all this décor in our house, Pam made a sign with a line from Lauren Daigle’s hit song, Noel, that gets displayed amongst our decorations for the Christmas season,


“The Light of the world, given for us.”


It’s an amazing song that tells of that amazing first Christmas and the gift of Jesus to us.  The prophet Isaiah, as he was prophesying about the coming Light, writes,


And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground.

Isaiah 42:16 | ESV


Jesus performed many miracles, and one episode seems to capture what Isaiah was seeing.  The Gospel writer, Mark, tells of blind man, who was brought to Jesus by some of his friends.  In a peculiar way, Jesus takes two stages to heal the man.  After the first stage, the man reports still with blurry vision,


“I see men, but they look like trees, walking.”

Mark 8:24 | ESV


Then Jesus completed the healing, the man’s sight was fully restored.  Jesus was making the point here that in one sense He had the ability to heal physical ailments, but in a deeper sense, He was emphasizing that He came to restore people’s spiritual sight.  Mark tells us,


“He saw everything, clearly.”

Mark 8:25 | ESV


As this man began to see clearly who Jesus was, now with the full scope of light hitting the rods and cones of his inner eyes, he was also able to see who Jesus really was, with his heart and soul.  In the book of John, Jesus pronounces,


“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:12 | ESV


Jesus tells us that like this man who was healed, in Him, the Light, we’ll be able to see clearly.  In Matthew Jesus invites us to be extensions of the same as He tells that as He has come into the world as a shining light, we now, like our decorations are to go into this darkened world as shining lights.


“You are the light of the world.”

Matthew 5:14


May you go from this Christmas 2021 season with your hearts full and ready to be Christ’s light for the coming year of 2022!  In these last two years, and now also in the last few challenging months – we’re going to need all the Light we can get!


Wednesday, December 22 | ADVENT MUSIC

By Jason McNabb

Just like so many people, I love to look up into the night sky and see the moon and stars shining in the midst of the darkness. As these heavenly bodies twinkle and glow, they shine forth like beacons of hope and promise.


During Advent, we look forward to the coming of Christ with great anticipation. Just like those starlight's shining on a clear night, God’s promises urge us to look forward with joy.


The figurative language of light and dark is so striking. Perhaps this is the reason that God used a heavenly star to point the way to the Christ-child at His birth. The Magi from the east had seen His star when it rose, and they journeyed to Jerusalem to find Him. After talking there with Herod, they continued searching, and soon God caused His star to shine for them.


“When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.”

Matthew 2:10 | ESV


It is important for us to remember that the Magi did not rejoice because of a star in the sky, but because the promise of Messiah was being fulfilled and they were eager to experience it. Having made their pilgrimage and then finding Him, they worshiped the King of kings. And so may we also seek, find, and worship Him. He is the Light of the world.


Christmas Day

Andrew Bergthold, Ed Cash, Franni Cash, Martin Cash, Scott Cash


Verse 1

Joy to the world on a night like no other

Emmanuel, God is with us


Verse 2

Beggars and kings let us come and adore Him

Rest in His peace and bow before Him



Sing all you people the Lord almighty reigns

Sing every creature of God come bless His name

For He is good for He is good, He was born to conquer the grave

Light of the world, the reason for Christmas Day


Verse 3

Stars we have seen over deserts and oceans; The darkness was deep but never hopeless

Redemption came and His name is Jesus



From the mountains we will shout it out for the Lord our God almighty reigns

He is with us, He is with us now for the Lord our God almighty reigns


© 2019 Alletrop Music, Andrew Bergthold Designee, Capitol CMG Genesis, Capitol CMG Paragon, McTyeire Music,

We The Kingdom ASCAP Designee, We The Kingdom Music (All admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing).



Thursday, December 23

Family Activity


We want to spread some joy in our community this week!


In your ADVENT ACTIVITY BOX that you picked up on Sunday Morning, December 19, you received a variety of suggestions on how you can bless our local community – whether that be a local ministry or other way to spread some Christmas Joy. 

The box was made available via pre-registration in November.


Let’s overwhelm Abbotsford with Christmas JOY!


Also, in your Activity Box, you will have also received five little cards to pass to along in an effort to pay it forward this Christmas season. Buy a drink for someone in the drive through, help out a neighbor etc. and give the card inviting Abbotsford to join us for our Christmas Day service this coming Saturday at 10.00am!


Friday, December 24 | FAMILY FUN


Every birthday needs a cake to celebrate!


In your ADVENT ACTIVITY BOX you will find everything you need to make and decorate


a birthday cake for Jesus! 


As you make your cake, spend time in conversation talking about how Jesus

might have celebrated his birthday when he was a child.  

The box was made available via pre-registration in November.


Did Mary make him a birthday cake, did he have friends over, would he have received presents?






Scroll down just a little bit more for the Advent Candle Lighting liturgy,

as this week, it will take place today, on Friday.


Friday, December 24

candle Lighting

Adult/Parent: Set aside ten minutes tonight to talk about how God’s promise that Jesus will return. The only materials needed are five candles, matches, and a bible.



Have one member of the family light the candles from the first four weeks and the fifth candle.



Have one person read the following passages out loud:


“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

~ Matthew 2:1–2 | NIV


“I am going to show you a secret, John,” Jesus said, “about when I come back… Write down what you see so God’s children can read it, and wait with happy excitement... I’m on my way,” said Jesus. “I’ll be there soon.”

~ The Jesus Storybook Bible



Have an adult read the commentary below:

Jesus came, just as He said He would. But God’s promises don’t end there. Just like God’s people waited with eager anticipation for Jesus to come and rescue them from their sins, we are waiting, too. 


God made us another promise. He promised that Jesus would return to earth again. He has already saved us from our sins if we love and trust Him. But when He comes the second time, He will save us from all the brokenness that sin has caused in the world. 


Just like before, God has given us hints and clues about how and when Jesus will return. Just like before, we wait. Sometimes we wait patiently. Sometimes we wait with tears and frustration because we can’t wait to live in a world without any sin. Sometimes we forget and wonder if Jesus really will come back. But God is faithful—even when we are faithless. And Jesus will come back. 


This time, Jesus will not come in the middle of the night as a baby. He will not be weak and helpless. The Bible tells us that when Jesus comes back, He will ride out of the sky on a horse, carrying a sword. He will do battle with Satan. And He will win! Our Rescuer is coming back! 


While we wait, we wait with hope. We live lives of joy, peace, and compassion. We strive to be more like Jesus, every day putting sin to death. And we tell others that Jesus came to save sinners in hopes that they will love and trust in Him, too. 


Jesus is coming back. We don’t know when, but we know He’s coming. Soon. So be ready. Soon we will worship our King, as He deserves, forever. Come, Lord Jesus, come!



Lord, we praise you! When you return, may we be found ready, waiting, with hope, joy, peace, and love. Until then, equip us to the task of bearing witness to your name. AMEN!



As a family, sing or listen to O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.