This is the last Friday worship service before Christmas. We will be concluding the messages focusing on a particular aspect of our preparation for the advent, or “coming” of our Lord Jesus Christ. This week, December 20, is the final message in the series: “Arise, shine, for your light has come.” The scripture is from Isaiah 60:1-6. In addition, the 4th candle on the Advent Wreath will be lit as we focus on the theme of “Jesus Christ our light.”
The four weeks of Advent are like a journey where we bring our gifts, ask God for discernment, and are prepared and ready to worship Christ at his birth. This week, the Third Advent service will focus on the theme of Jesus, the Prophet, as symbolized by the gift of myrrh the wise men brought to honor His birth.
Review here what the scripture records that Moses foretold about Jesus in Deuteronomy 18:
“18 I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him.”
As we continue in our observance of Advent, please remember that the word means ‘coming’ or ‘arrival.’ During this time, we prepare our hearts and minds to focus on our Lord Jesus Christ’s coming. In Advent we see a threefold coming of the Messiah:
1. A celebration of His first coming – born to Mary as her Son, Jesus.
2. Preparation for His second coming at the end of the world as judge.
3. Celebration of His coming into our hearts through rebirth.
We look forward to the Children’s Christmas Program which will be followed by the Youth Group’s Christmas Presentation. After this, we will all enjoy participating in singing carols by candlelight in the garden – something new for HCC. The whole church will celebrate in remembrance of Christ’s birth. All are welcome – bring your friends.
HCC’s traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service is a wonderful time to focus on the main event and reason for Christmas – the birth of God’s own Son, Jesus. Born in like manner as His brothers and sisters here on earth, in lowly circumstances, He accepted God’s will for His life, death and resurrection; and ushered in the New Covenant of peace between God and man. It is this Jesus that we celebrate and recognize: not just His first coming in the form of a baby in the manger in Bethlehem, but also as being reborn in our hearts as we accept Him and the gospel, the “Good News.” And we also look to the future time when He will return to earth again as King of kings and Lord of lords.
This is the Jesus Christ that we remember today. This is the Advent that we are preparing for – the coming of Christ our Lord – the anointed one.
All are welcome to the worship service! Bring your friends.
Every year we look forward to the Welcome Potluck when we acknowledge and welcome new comers to HCC. As Egypt is a cross-roads in the world, we benefit from meeting new people from many nations. This is a great time to fellowship, make new friends and deepen the bonds with other believers.
All are welcome. Please see the bulletin for more information.
We are planning an evening of prayer and worship in addition to our morning worship service. Plans are underway and more details will follow….
The first Friday of every month is set aside for some special intercessory prayer time. However, due to a conflict in scheduling, the day has been changed to the 2nd Friday, the 12th.
We meet after the worship service for an hour of focused prayer. Each time a different brother or sister leads the prayers, so there is a variety of leadership styles and different kinds of prayer included. But we always praise, worship, adore, humble ourselves before and intercede for our country, church, different peoples and groups – according to the felt needs.
We serve a GREAT GOD and look to Him in every situation. All are welcome.
This year’s Easter Cantata is entitled “You Thought of Us!” It will be presented by the Cleopatra Engeli (Protestant) Church on Friday, April 19, at 6:30pm. This date is between the Western Easter (March 31) and the Eastern Easter (May 5) and is appropriate where our cultures unite in celebrating the Lord’s death, burial and resurrection.
The theme of Easter and focusing on the Lord Jesus unites the different Christian groups around the world. As Ephesians chapter 4 says, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.” And this, rather than the actual date of remembering the passion of the Lord, is the most important thing.
All are welcome – bring a friend.
March 1 is the date selected for the international World Day of Prayer. This year, the focus is on the country of France and the theme is from Matt 25, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”
At HCC we usually have a special focused prayer time after the worship service on the first Friday of the month. So this Friday, March 1, we will include the theme from the World Day of Prayer into our prayer time. There will also be other themes for prayer as the leader designates. All are welcome!
The Children’s Christmas Program has been rescheduled for after the worship service next Friday, February 15, at 10:30am. This change in schedule reflects the ongoing changes in the political and security situation in Heliopolis. We pray for peace and God’s wisdom for all.