In Our Darkness...A Light Has Dawned

November 28 - December 24, 2021

Schedule of Worship & Events

Early in Handel’s Messiah the orchestra introduces a lively new theme. In the choir, the sopranos splash sunshine on the expectant audience by singing, “For unto us a child is born.” The tenors quickly join them in heralding the prophet Isaiah’s happy news. Then it’s the alto and bass voices turn to announce the joyous refrain. “Unto us a son is given.” Soon all four parts are bouncing around each other with the unstoppable energy of the gospel. For nearly three centuries, the performance of this piece has never failed to lift the soul.


This Advent we will embrace the announcement from Isaiah 9 that inspired George Frederic Handel and countless listeners of his music. These words, prophesying the arrival of the Messiah, will fill our hearts with faith, hope, and joy.


Sunday Worship - 9:00 & 10:45 a.m.

In Person: 4814 Oaks Lane, Omaha, NE, 68137

Online: faithwestwood.com/live, faithwestwood.com/youtube, Facebook


Christmas Eve Worship - 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.

In Person: 4814 Oaks Lane, Omaha, NE 68137

Online: faithwestwood.com/live, faithwestwood.com/youtube, Facebook


Sunday, November 28

The Gift That Gives Hope


Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Advent, the season of long-nights-getting-longer is here. The world’s problems seem so unfixable, sometimes we wonder if God has gone on vacation and left us to figure it out on our own. Then we hear some shockingly wonderful news, an announcement more beautiful than we could have imagined. A king is coming to renew the earth. He will be a gift from God, the hope of the world. “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders” (Isaiah 9:6a).


Sunday, December 5

What Kind of Child Is This?


Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

Most resumes list degrees earned and positions held. The best resumes also show how the person’s skills and experience could contribute to the success of the company. The applicant hopes to make an employer say, “This is just who we need!” And Jesus the Messiah is just who we need. Notice how his royal qualifications go beyond the merely human. “And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6b).


Sunday, December 19

His Reign’s A-Coming!


Isaiah 9:2, 6-7

We pray as Jesus taught us, for God’s kingdom to come “on earth as it is in heaven.” Already his reign of peace has begun to change the world. Even now he is bringing justice and righteousness into human affairs, working through all who will listen. No wonder we sing, Joy to the world; the Lord is come! “Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:7).


Friday, December 24, Christmas Eve

3:00, 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.

Wake Up! It’s Christmas


Isaiah 9:2, 6-7; Luke 2:1-7, 8-14, 15-20

Remember those words when you were a kid? “Wake up! It’s Christmas.” Then it was a rush to see gifts under the tree. It’s similar to the message announced by shining angels to now-wide-awake shepherds one dark night, “Do not be afraid! . . . A Savior has been born to you.” Then they scurried into Bethlehem to see the child. It can also be your story this Christmas. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isaiah 9:2).