Luke 1:5-25 
The Birth of John the Baptist Foretold

Suffering and Promises by Kyle Rodriguez
One of the elements of brokenness of human life—indeed, one of its distinguishing features—is how painful waiting can be. After all, at its foundation, waiting is enduring. Even when waiting is hopeful, rather than despairing, it is a hope yet unfulfilled. To wait is inherently to feel incomplete, to long for a time that is other than now.

And yet one of the characteristics of the Christian life always waiting. We are waiting for the Lord to return, waiting for the just judgment of injustice in the world, waiting for our faith to become sight. But in order to endure that waiting, in order to persevere through the suffering of waiting without slipping into suffocating despair, we need help. So, the Lord sends us his promises.

He doesn’t just send a vague sense of promise, but specific, tangible promises. It is promises that turn us from despair to hope, from sin to holiness, from selfishness to mission. It is the promises of God that turn us to Him. They do not end our suffering—only the final fulfillment of those promises will do that—but they do make it easier, equipping us to do the work of waiting. Just was John was given to the Israelites to prepare them for the work of Christ, let us receive the promises of God and prepare us for his return: turning our hearts toward the Lord as we recognize his faithfulness, toward each other as we band together in encouraging one another to that day, and toward holiness as we reject sin and death for the hope of life in Christ.

Ethan Ezikian
The Fullness of Time


Knitting is a unique medium in that each stitch is it's own moment in time. These stitches represent Jesus taking his followers from the kingdom of darkness into His glorious kingdom of goodness and light. It has been left intentionally unfinished to show that the story is not over and that we eagerly wait for the return of Jesus and the fulfillment of all God's promises in the fullness of time.

Nancy Doran
Goodness & Light, 2022
Knitted Textile
8” x 20”
Waiting feels hopeless.
Like the world is passing you by.
Like your time stands still while other stories get written.
Like God has forgotten about the plans He has for you.  
Lonely. Isolating. Crushing. Frustrating. Involuntary. Dark. Meaningless.
To all who are weak and unstable
To all who are weary of praying
To all who are lonely and waiting
To all who are longing for peace
To all who are bitter and broken
To all with fears unspoken
To all who are guilty and hiding
To all who have nothing
Come, see what your God has done.
Jesus Christ opens his arms to you.
He’s the Lamb who was promised to bring peace.  
He’s the lamb who was slain for your pardon.
He’s the Lamb coming back for you one day.
A new creation is coming in the fullness of time.

Emily Brumwell
A Redeemer Comes, 2022

The graphic for our Advent sermon series is inspired by a triptych, a threefold altar piece that tells a story. These three panels pull themes from throughout Scripture that tell the Advent story of redemption. The first panel begins with the story of Eve and a promise of a Messiah who will crush the head of the serpent (Genesis 3:15). The third panel presents the pregnant Mary in her season of eager waiting and the promise of the fulfillment of the Davidic line (Luke 1:32, Isaiah 11:1). The middle panel presents a stream in the wilderness as both symbol of Christ making a way in the wilderness (Isaiah 43:19) and a symbol of our time in the wilderness as we seek God's nourishment and pursue sanctification in the midst of waiting.

Jenn Jenison
The Fullness of Time, 2022