Posts with the tag “advent”

Advent-Christmas Worship Series: Those Who Dream
by Kelly Phillips on November 23rd, 2023
“When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.” (Psalm 126)What does it look like to live as those who dream? The prophets, the psalmists, John the Baptist, Mary, Elizabeth, Joseph, Simeon, Anna, the shepherds, and the Magi—they were all dreamers. They received, discovered, and responded to God’s dreams for the world. In Advent and at Christmas, we step into the myster...  Read More
All-Church Advent Study: Keep Watch with Me
by Kelly Phillips on November 2nd, 2023
 All-Church Advent Study: Sign up for a small group! Join a small group for our all-church Advent study, Keep Watch with Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers. Sign-up sheets are in the church lobby. Groups will meet for 4-5 weeks beginning in late November/early December. Days/times will be set by the group hosts.Keep Watch With Me: An Advent Reader for Peacemakers is a collaborative daily devotio...  Read More
Pastor's Notebook: Introducing our Advent Worship Series: Generation to Generation
by Kelly Phillips on November 24th, 2022
Dear Church,This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent and the beginning of a new year in the church calendar. Once more, in the midst of our holiday preparations and activities, we are invited to still our hearts and enter into the ancient story of God made flesh in the birth of Jesus Christ. The stories, scriptures, and traditions of the Christmas season have been passed down to us throughout the...  Read More
All-Church Advent Study: Light of the World
by Kelly Phillips on November 10th, 2022
In this short book, biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine explores the biblical texts surrounding the story of the birth of Jesus. Together we will learn about how the Gospel stories connect to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Judaism, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem an...  Read More
by Kelly Phillips on November 3rd, 2022
Advent is just around the corner! This year our church is participating in a fun global photo campaign called #AdventWord. You are invited to look through your 2022 photos and send a photo or two to the church that represents one or more of the words on the #AdventWord list. These photos will be shared in the Messenger, on our social media accounts, and in a display at the church as a way to prepa...  Read More