It’s a Wonderful Life

Wonderful Life


A sermon series for Advent, November 26-December 24, 2017.

This five-part series for Advent uses the holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life as a creative vehicle to preach the lessons of Advent. The celebrated Jimmy Stewart film is an enduring favorite because it tells a story of despair and hope to which we can all relate. As the traditional season between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day when Christians await the birth of Jesus, Advent tells that story also.

With the film as our reference point, we translate the Gospels and other Biblical scripture to a contemporary setting. Each week, the series features a clip from the movie, followed by a dramatic appearance. An actor brings to life the inner thoughts of a character from the scene, then lights an Advent candle. We hope that through our Advent journey, you will experience God’s good news anew, with a hope in Christ that overcomes the despair of the world.

November 26, 2017: First Sunday of Advent
“It’s A Wonderful Life: Endure It”

Isaiah 2:1-5, Matthew 24:36-44

As we wait in the “in-between” times before Jesus comes again, there are many seasons. Especially during this time of the year, when the “to-do” list gets so long, how do we endure and find meaning within the daily grind?

Film clip: George and Peter Bailey at dinner
Dramatic appearance: Peter Bailey

December 3, 2017: Second Sunday of Advent
“It’s A Wonderful Life: Hope in It”

Isaiah 11:1-10 and Matthew 3:1-12

We have hope that God’s Kingdom will be established on Earth even in the midst of life’s imperfections because of the presence of Jesus with humanity.

Film clip: George tells off Mr. Potter
Dramatic appearance: Uncle Billy

December 10, 2017: Third Sunday of Advent
“It’s A Wonderful Life: Believe It”

Isaiah 35:1-10 and Luke 1:47-55

With God, all things are possible. Mary believed this when the angel told her about the special role she would play in the birth of Jesus. Will we believe it?

Film clip: George on the bridge
Dramatic appearance: George

December 17, 2017: Fourth Sunday of Advent
“It’s A Wonderful Life: Trust It”

Isaiah 7:10-16 and Matthew 1:18-25

Joseph trusted in God and kept Mary as his wife even though society’s rules told him he shouldn’t. In what ways does God call us to trust in order to play our part in His story?

Film clip: George and Mary after their wedding in the rain
Dramatic appearance: Mary, with umbrella

December 24, 2017: Christmas Eve
“It’s A Wonderful Life: Treasure It”

Luke 1:1-20

Jesus’ life was and is a gift for all people of all times and all places to treasure. Our lives are also a gift to treasure and use for God’s glory.

Film clip: Final scene (Congregation joins in singing “Hark the Herald Angels Sing”)
Dramatic appearance: ZuZu

Note Special Christmas Eve Schedule: December 24 services at 11 AM, 5 PM and 7 PM. Nursery available for ages 0-4, no Sunday school or classes. 

About Chapel Hill United Methodist Church

Chapel Hill is a welcoming, inclusive congregation. Our mission to is welcome all people to experience and the share the extraordinary grace and love of Jesus Christ. Our services are open to anyone with any interest in religious matters, regardless of faith tradition.

Worship services are Sundays at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Nursery and classes for children, youth and adults are available. Services stream live from our website and subsequently publish on YouTube. Sermons are also available as a podcast from the website and on ITunes. All services are held at Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 1550 N. Chapel Hill Drive, Wichita, Kansas, 67206. Located off 13th Street near K96, across the road from Warren East Theater. 316-684-1117.

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