The Warehouse – A New Harris Creek Worship Project

Hey Church Family, I know this blog finds you in an extremely busy (and sometimes stressful) Christmas season, where you have countless responsibilities and obligations, as you try to get EVERYTHING done that there is to do before celebrating Christmas. I’m no different – even finding time to write this blog has been challenging! Even through all the busyness, I wanted to let all of you know what we’ve been ...

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Living Water Update

An Update on Living Water International (LWI) In 2011, we announced a plan to commit a matching gift from our Global Impact budget to whatever was given by the congregation for Living Water International up to $15,000. In that first year Harris Creek was able to give $31,776. Since 2011, and including this year, we have been able to give more than $120,000 to LWI. This matching initiative has been a ...

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Adding Your Voice This Christmas Eve

If we're honest about Christmas, we're stupefied with wonder;  every smile a cheap facade over another personal blunder, each gift-wrapped attempt to steal someone's thunder, the contrast between hope and reality couldn't be more asunder, and yet every Advent the unexplainable happens;  heaven and earth share a meal together;  peace and pain pal up like birds of a feather; humility armored for all that you could weather, because a baby is born-- A miraculous, God-in-the-flesh, divine redemptive mission kind of ...

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Advent Reflection – A Poem of Renewal

On Christmas Eve, the monthlong count of days comes to a close; days turn to hours, and hours to minutes as the anticipation draws nigh. Dutiful parents tuck in their heirs, knowing full well the giddy excitement is as palpable as the stuffed animal at the bedside. Glancing at the clock to watch the secondhand travel round and round every so slowly but ever so purposefully, sleepy-eyed children eventually succumb ...

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Advent Reflection – God’s Plan Revealed

As Christmas Day nears, the people of God should be full of anticipation, ready to celebrate the arrival of Emmanuel, "God with us." This Advent reflection from one of Harris Creek's elders, Dr. Brad Lail, speaks to the birth of Jesus as a revelation of God's promises.   So many things make the time building up to Christmas special to me. I am a sucker for Christmas lights; I turn on Christmas music ...

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Advent Reflection – Sweet Mercies

Our congregation is studying Colossians 1 during Advent, and we are sharing reflections based on the lessons we learn through studying Scripture and listening to our lead pastor’s teachings. The devotional guide we provided offers a short recap for the week and a suggested activity to put the biblical truth into action. In this reflection, you’ll hear from covenant member Brooklynn Wynveen as she shares how this week’s recommended activity—make two ...

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Advent Reflection – DIY Advent Calendar

In order to help you keep your attention on the joyful anticipation of Christ’s birth, we provide you with a weekly Advent devotional guide. We have shared a few thoughts from a few in our congregation that have reflected on the lessons from the week, and some individuals have taken additional steps to observe daily activities as a new tradition during Advent. Below, Kelsey Purks offers a DIY craft and expresses why it has proved to ...

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Advent Reflection – God is Supreme

Kathy Davidson, Interim Youth Minister for Harris Creek, shares a reflection in conjunction with our Advent Guide. The focus of this week's devotional is on the supremacy of Christ--the fullness of God revealed in the flesh--and how we ought to submit to His authority.   Ah, humility. Not exactly my greatest attribute. Hopefully, I’m not alone in this struggle, either. Or, I hope you guys have this thing all figured out by now, ...

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Advent Reflection – The Beauty Around You

For those following the Advent devotional guide with Harris Creek, the lesson for this second week focuses on God being revealed to humanity. As Colossians 1 states, Jesus Christ provides us an image of the invisible God. The Incarnation reveals a personal, approachable, and immanent hope to humanity because a God that is distinctly holy is now Emmanuel, "God with us." With that reality, our eyes should be opened to seeing ...

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Advent Devotional Guide

"Christmas can't get here soon enough." "How long are we going to wait in this checkout line?" "Have we made it to grandmother's house yet?" When we lose focus on why we wait and what it is we are awaiting, our hopeful expectation can be replaced with impatience and self-centered motives. In order to help you keep your attention on the joyful anticipation of Christ's birth, we provide you with a weekly Advent ...

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