Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS)

God’s Gifts to You

Advent Worship: Sundays at 8am and 10:30am
Mondays at 7:00 pm

It’s the hap-happiest season of all!

Maybe you agree.  But you also realize that it all comes to an end and then
it is back to our dull, tedious lives, right?
Maybe you disagree. The holidays bring back bad memories,
you miss loved ones no longer with you, or life is a such a struggle right now
that the whole theme of good cheer feels like mockery.


This coming week we unwrap another gift God gives us through his Son Jesus: Genuine joy that lasts beyond the season and that doesn’t
depend on life’s circumstances.  If you long for that kind of joy,
please join us this coming Sunday or Monday evening!
Who doesn’t enjoy receiving gifts on Christmas? Family and friends give and receive presents in order to show their love and appreciation for those in their lives. But what if you were told that God has some gifts for you? During the season of Advent (the four Sundays before Christmas) we celebrate Jesus who came that first Christmas to win forgiveness, and give all the gifts that come with it: hope, peace, joy, love.

The Gift of Hope: Sunday, December 2nd

Have you noticed yourself becoming more cynical lately? Looking at our world or at ourselves, it’s easy to become jaded. The first gift that Jesus gives us is a living hope. Our hope is not a naïve wish that things will get better. Our hope is rooted in the fact that Christ came at that first Christmas to forgive every sin.

The Gift of Peace: Sunday, December 9th

Not too many people would describe their lives as peaceful. Peace is something everybody tries to obtain, but rarely finds. God gives us what we can’t achieve on our own: peace. And his peace is so much more powerful than peace in our everyday lives or peace between people. He makes us at peace with him as Jesus announces forgiveness of sins.

The Gift of Joy: Sunday, December 16th

We are supposed to be happy around Christmas time, but where is the room for happiness when the stress of deadlines piles up, when preparations for the party have to be made, when gifts need to be wrapped, when family strife doesn’t take a break for holidays, etc.? Today God tells you that with him is the gift of joy. True joy is not found in the trappings of the holiday; true joy is to see Jesus as your Savior.

The Gift of Love: Sunday, December 23rd

Love is rarely a gift. More and more “love” is seen as transactional. You love me and then I’ll love you back. However, with God, his love is always a gift. Jesus suffered and died to make atonement for our evil sins. Yet, he did so gladly. Why? Love!

Christ’s love, which he demonstrated by his perfect life and by his suffering and death on the cross, is the foundation for our relationship with God, the focus of our faith, and the motivation for all we do as Christians. In that same love for sinners Christ not only lived and died to set us free from sin and guilt, but he also rose again in victory on the first Easter Sunday, assuring us that his victory is our victory and that his resurrection is our resurrection. Saved by his grace alone, we look forward to his glorious return as we proclaim the good news of what his love has accomplished.
 Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lansing, MI (WELS)