tell of his coming

Monday, December 13 | Video Introduction

Tuesday, December 14 | Personal or Family Devotional

Wednesday, December 15 | Advent Music

Thursday, December 16 | Special Activity

Friday, December 17 | Family Activity

Saturday, December 18 | Advent Candle Lighting

Sunday, December 19 | Sunday AM Service @ 10.00am



TUESDAY, December 14


By Pastor Adam Van Dop

Picture in your mind’s eye, a small group of shepherds gathered around a fire amongst their flock of sheep.  They’re sharing stories of their journeys, fighting off prey, and of where to find the next field of grass in the morning.  When suddenly, out of nowhere, as the whole night sky was lit up as if it were high noon, an Angel appears.  The Angel speaks,

Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.”

Luke 2:10 | NIV


The angel continues to tell the shepherds of the arrival of the newborn Baby Jesus, who is the Christ, and where they could find Him.  As soon as this pronouncement was made, a multitude of Angels joined the one, and together they all sang out,


Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom He is pleased!”

Luke 2:14 | ESV


The Angels were singing about two things.  The first, is that they were giving God all the glory what had just happened.  The second, is that they’re pointing out that God Himself was delighted at this very moment and how now things have played out.


As we have been observing through this advent season, that from the very beginning, it was God’s plan to make all things right.  This is now the moment that the course of history takes a massive turn, and these shepherds, all the angels in heaven, and God included, are filled with joy! 


All the individuals that are mentioned in Luke 2 are just enthralled with what is happening; we are to feel the same! Luke goes on to tell us that all who heard about the shepherds’ story were amazed, and that Mary herself, “treasured up all these things.”  During this Christmas season, where we feel so much joy, we recognize that it isn’t every day that we have a herald of Angels in our presence singing the praises of God.  Our lives are messy and cluttered, and we are quick to miss out on the very good things that are right in front of us.


What might you do this season to help you remember this joy the next time you face any kind of trial?

What patterns do you need to put into place so that you don’t forget to find joy in your life?


Much later in Jesus’ life, John records Him saying:


A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born, she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So, with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

John 16:21-22 | NIV


As Christ came the first time filling many with joy, He tells us that He will come again!


Just think about the joy that day will be!


Wednesday, December 15 | Advent Music

By Jason McNabb

I once heard an interesting thing from Matt Redman, songwriter of The Heart of Worship and 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord): “The best songs are a classroom and a chapel.” That is to say, the best songs in the church will teach about our faith and reinforce the truths of Scripture, while also providing language and space for praise and worship.


There is a newer hymn-carol which certainly hits that mark—Sing We The Song of Emmanuel. That is one reason that I am so thrilled to share it with everybody at Gateway.


In Advent, we make much of the name Emmanuel, which means God with us. It is so significant, because the God of the universe who reigns on high, caused Himself to be brought low in order to save His people. Why would a holy, righteous God do such a thing? The answer is found in His key motivation—love.


This is how God showed His love among us:

He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.

1 John 4:9 | ESV


What an amazing gift! Love has come to us, in grace and majesty. And through Him we’ve been reconciled to God and adopted as His children. So we rejoice and sing, Glory to God in the highest.


Sing We The Song Of Emmanuel

Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Matt Papa, Stuart Townend


Verse 1

Sing we the song of Emmanuel, This the Christ who was long foretold

Lo in the shadows of Bethlehem, Promise of dawn now our eyes behold

God Most High in a manger laid, Lift your voices and now proclaim

Great and glorious! Love has come to us! Join now with the hosts of heaven


Verse 2

Come we to welcome Emmanuel, King who came with no crown or throne

Helpless He lay the Invincible; Maker of Mary, now Mary’s son

O what wisdom to save us all, Shepherds sages before Him fall

Grace and majesty, what humility, Come on bended knee adore Him


Verse 3

Go spread the news of Emmanuel; Joy and peace for the weary heart

Lift up your heads for your King has come; Sing for the Light overwhelms the dark

Glory shining for all to see; Hope alive let the gospel ring

God has made a way, He will have the praise, tell the world His name is Jesus



Gloria, Gloria


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THursday, december 16

Special Activity

You and your entire family are invited to attend a very special 412LIVE Christmas event.


We will spend an evening in worship, singing Christmas songs, listening to special readings, and a whole lot more!


This is a great event to invite your neighbours to attend.


412LIVE Christmas will begin at 7.00pm.


There will be special seating for our EDGE and Summit YOUTH as this will be our final youth night for 2021.


friday, december 17 | FAmily Activity

Christmas around the world

In your ADVENT ACTIVITY BOX that you picked up on Sunday Morning December 12,

you received instructions to explore three countries and their Christmas traditions! 

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


There will be special recipes you try, crafts to do, music to listen to,

and a whole lot more as we learn how the world celebrates the birth of Christ.


saturday, december 18

Candle lighting

Adult/Parent: Set aside ten minutes tonight to talk about how only God is worthy of all glory. Consider sitting outside as you talk about the journey of the Magi, drawing particular attention to the stars in the night sky above you. The only materials needed are five candles, matches, and a Bible.


Have one member of the family light the candles from the first three weeks and a fourth candle.


Have one person read the following passages out loud.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 

~ Matthew 2:1-2

The journey that had begun so many centuries before had led three Wise Men here. To a little town. To a little house. To a little child. To the King God had promised David all those years before.

~ The Jesus Storybook Bible

And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh.

~ Matthew 2:11-12


Have an adult read the commentary below.

The first people God told about Jesus’ birth were the shepherds. He used a spectacular band of angels to shout from the skies that Jesus had come. But the angels were not alone in proclaiming the good news that night, and the shepherds were not the only people to learn of the Rescuer’s coming.

That same night, God placed a special star in the sky, a bright body of light that announced the birth of the King. Some men in a faraway country saw this star. These men were called Magi. They were educated men who studied the skies and nature. Most scholars believe these men came from Persia, or modern-day Iran. There was something very special about these men.

Throughout the Bible, God promised to send a Rescuer to save the Israelites from their sins. But these Magi were not Israelites. They were Gentiles. That means they were not from Abraham’s family and likely did not know and worship God. But that night, God did something that no one expected. By placing that star in the sky, God showed unbelievable mercy toward all people. In showing the Magi that Jesus, the King of heaven, had been born, God was extending salvation to people of all nations.

When the Magi saw the special star that God had placed in the sky, they left their home country to find Jesus. Their journey took a long time. They did not arrive in Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. In fact, it may have taken them up to two years to reach the place where Jesus was.

The Bible tells us that when the Magi found the place where Jesus was living with Mary and Joseph, they entered the house, bowed down, and worshiped this small child who had come to save sinners. They then gave Jesus precious, costly gifts.

Throughout the Advent story, we see that God is generous. He sent a company of angels to shout the good news of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds, and He put a special star in the sky to guide men from a faraway country to Jesus. He desires that all people know, love, trust, and obey Him. And God promises that one day men, women and children from every tribe, tongue, and nation will worship Jesus. God will rescue people from all over the world, and we will worship Him as He deserves.


Lord, we praise you and ask you to show people of all nations the good news that Jesus came to save sinners, just like us. AMEN!


As a family, sing or listen to “O Come All Ye Faithful.”