The Mission of “AIM”: “Aiming to Reach the Next Generations: From One Generation to the Next!”
Our focus for 2018 is: "Who Am I?"
Please join us Sunday December 9th at Laurel Woods Activities / Community Room in Ashland for Church Service 8:45 - 10:00am and then for Sunday Funday 10:15am - 11:45am
(From 95, take Rt. 54 West to second stop light and turn right on Cottage Green Drive - go north to last right just before the end of Cottage Green Drive)
3rd Sunday of Advent:
1st Reader: Why is this candle pink and the other three-purple?
2nd Reader: Purple is the color associated with royalty-kings and queens and princes. See, purple dye was so expensive, only rich people could afford to wear that color clothing. Jesus wore a simple, white robe, but Roman soldiers mocked him and put a purple robe on him.
3rd Reader: Purple, now is a symbol of sorrow or reflection and a strange word called “penance” as we think on our sins and our failures to please God in the way we live, treat others and follow Jesus’ teachings.
4th Reader: So, that first Sunday of Advent, we lit the prophet’s candle, The Candle of Hope! Even though God’s people lived in darkness of sin and evil, God’s people always hoped for a messiah-like Savior to save us from evil people and even our own sin.
5th Reader: On the second Sunday of Advent, we lit The Candle of Faith or The Bethlehem Candle. Micah, prophesied over 700 year before Jesus’ birth-that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem! An angel told Joseph, this son “would save His people from their sins.”
6th Reader: We still wonder at our own sins and the darkness of evil where we live. So, we still light that second purple candle reflecting on our sin and ponder The Grace of God to forgive and love us when we can be so unforgiving, so unloving, so disobedient to our Lord!
7th Reader: That is why this candle is different. Pink is the color of joy! If we have been in somber, reflective, and sorrowful moods before, It’s time to light The Joy Candle to celebrate the fullness of time when Jesus was born! The angels sang in heaven: “Glory to God in the highest! Peace-good will among those He favors!”
8th Reader: But, how could that include us? Because the good news of great joy reminds us: “For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son!” And, “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us!” And, “God is not willing that anyone should perish, but that all should come to repentance!” Jesus said: “I came that they may have life!” By the way, that’s why this wreath is green in an unending circle
We sing: “Joy to the World!...”
And, we pray:
Introducing You and Inviting You to
New Ways of Faith Expression!
“AIM” Church with an Ashland Impact Mission
To reach out to new subdivisions with the living gospel in new ways.
To be like Jesus for all of our neighbors including those in need with a meal and worship
To provide Open Doors for Randolph Macon students to interact in celebration with their community neighbors.
A movement, with our name coming from a hope and an intention to make a difference in Ashland, VA
We are believers in Jesus Christ with a heart for Ashland