The impact of the miraculous event of the incarnation continues -- and the light of hope that appeared in the darkness of that night in Bethlehem two thousand years ago still shines on us today, even in the midst of life's most difficult situations. Illustrated with poignant stories and anecdotes, these powerful messages celebrate the heartwarming joy of Christ's coming, and demonstrate how we can rely on the Lord to serve as our steady lighthouse while we navigate the shoals of life.
This seven-part series for Advent, Christmas Eve, the Sunday after Christmas, and Epiphany Sunday provides a comprehensive seasonal resource for busy pastors and worship planners. Each chapter includes a sermon, a children's message, a candle lighting response with scripture reading, and a pastoral prayer.
Chapter titles include:
- In The Darkness Of Despair -- Isaiah 9:2-7
- In The Darkness Of Suffering -- John 1:1-13
- In The Darkness Of Oppression -- Luke 2:1-5
- In The Darkness Of Fear -- Luke 2:6-11
- In The Darkness Of Anxiety -- Luke 2:12-17
- In The Darkness Of Uncertainty -- Luke 2:17-20
- In The Darkness Of Suspicion -- Matthew 2:1-12
Thomas A. Pilgrim, the senior pastor of First United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, Georgia, has served several United Methodist congregations in the North Georgia Conference since 1966. He is the author of six other books, including "They Came Together In Bethlehem" and "The Man From Galilee" (CSS). Pilgrim has served on mission trips to Puerto Rico and Costa Rica, and his travels have included eight trips to the Holy Land as a tour host/leader. He is a graduate of LaGrange College and Candler School of Theology at Emory University.