God wants everyone to live forever in love…

December 15 – Week 3 

Advent means coming, and the Advent season is a time of preparation for celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ.  We light candles in Advent as a sign of the coming light of Christ.  The first candle is a reminder of the light of hope of the prophets. The second candle is a symbol of the light, peace, and warmth Joseph and Mary found in the stable. The third candle reminds us of the great light and joy which surrounded the shepherds at the announcement of Jesus’ birth. This is the Shepherd’s Candle.

LIGHT 3 Purple Candles, (your left to right)

Luke 2:8-20   And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. 

In the birth of Jesus, we see God’s glory.  Let us, like Mary, joyfully treasure all these things in our hearts as we follow the Savior in the Manger.

Let us Pray: Dear God, we thank you for your gift of Jesus to the whole world. As the shepherds found Jesus in a manger, may we find Jesus in the love and joy that we share together. Help us love one another. Help us to do our share to bring joy, goodness and peace to the world. In His name, we pray. Amen.

Welcome to Grace Communion Melbourne

@ Pineda Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Hall)

5650 N. Wickham Road, Melbourne, Florida 32940

Pastor Steve Schantz (steve.schantz@gci.org) 321-759-7367
Assistant Pastor Danny Nail (dnail@cfl.rr.com) 321-784-2152

“We’re glad to share the ministry Christ has given us at Grace Communion Melbourne through this blessing of internet technology.  Grace Communion Melbourne is a Christ centered Church fellowship which encourages believers to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and to use their spiritual gifts for God’s service.  We hold to the essential truths of the historic Christian faith in response to the Triune love of the Father, through the Son, and by the Spirit.  For more information about our parent denomination, Grace Communion International, (GCI) please select that link.  I invite you to take a few moments and get to know us better. If you are traveling through the Central Florida area, please join us for worship.  Thanks for visiting!”


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