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Bible Reading November 30, 2014 - 11:32pm

Luke 1: 39-56 (The Message)

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Weekly Reflection November 30, 2014 - 10:53pm

Look again at He Qi's art. Why do you think he has fractured the image so much?

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Weekly Reflection November 30, 2014 - 10:52pm

Mary, Joseph, sheepherders, scholars and Herod are all part of the one story but each responds in a different way; each has a different experience of waiting. Who do you most identify with? Why?

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Weekly Reflection November 30, 2014 - 10:49pm

In the West we take freedom of movement as something we are entitled to. Imagine how your life would be if you had to line up with your passport everytime you had to get out of your street or how you would feel if you knew someone from the next suburb might be tunneling beneath your house with the intention of violent robbery?

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Weekly Reflection November 30, 2014 - 10:44pm

Who has been with you on your journey this year?

At the high points or the low points?

How have you come alongside and supported someone near to you? Someone in your community? Someone in another part of the world?

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Daily Ritual November 30, 2014 - 10:04pm

When you light your five candles on Christmas day and after, think about and pray for children whose future is threatened by violence, in your city, and around the world. These are for people for whom waiting is fearful, uncertain, and spirit breaking.

The Christian Church season of Christmas (12 Days of Christmas) runs until January 6. You might like to keep lighting your candles, or just the Christ candle, through this time. We need Advent to keep us from having Christmas too soon, and we need the 12 days to stop us giving it up too quickly.

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Daily Ritual November 30, 2014 - 9:57pm

As you light your four candles this week think about the characters and what you need to work on to become more, or less, like them as you follow Jesus.

(Note that on Christmas day you can light your central Christ candle.)

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Daily Ritual November 30, 2014 - 9:54pm

Each time you light your three candles pray for long term peace to come to the people of Jerusalem and Gaza (and other conflict zones). Pray for more than 350,000 Jewish and Palestinian children severely psychologically traumatized by loss and the sights and sounds of war. For them the wait for peace has been unbearable.

Note that some traditions use a pink/rose candle and give this week "Gaudete (rejoice) Sunday." This comes from the first word in the Latin of Philippians 4:4,5: "Gaudete in Domino semper" ("Rejoice in the Lord always").

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Daily Ritual November 30, 2014 - 9:46pm

Each time you light your two candles let your mind roam over the past day and pray for those whose journey has crossed with yours.

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Bible Reading November 30, 2014 - 11:01pm

Luke 1:26-38 (The Message)

Announcement

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to the Galilean village of Nazareth to a virgin engaged to be married to a man descended from David. His name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name, Mary. Upon entering, Gabriel greeted her: Good morning! You’re beautiful with God’s beauty, Beautiful inside and out!
God be with you.

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Weekly Reflection November 30, 2014 - 10:11pm

What are you waiting for at the moment?

How have you been waiting?

Talk with God about this.

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Daily Ritual November 30, 2014 - 9:19pm

Each time you light your first candle repeat Mary's phrase, "But how...?" as your prayer.

Wait and listen for God's response.

Advent in Art 2014 Devotions
Advent Conspiracy January 19, 2015 - 9:40am

Advent 2014 begins on

Sunday, November 30

Worship Fully

It starts with Jesus. It ends with Jesus. This is the holistic approach God had in mind for Christmas. It’s a season where we are called to put down our burdens and lift a song up to our God. It’s a season where love wins, peace reigns, and a king is celebrated with each breath. It’s the party of the year.
The Table
High Hopes for the Holiday January 19, 2015 - 9:45am

We all have hopes for the Christmas holiday. Full of joy. Memories. Happiness. Above all, we want it to be about Jesus. What we don’t want is stress. Or debt. Or feeling like we “missed the moment.” Advent Conspiracy is a movement designed to help us all slow down and experience a Christmas worth remembering. But doing this means doing things a little differently. A little creatively. It means spending less on material items and giving more to those in need. For our worshiping community, Advent Conspiracy 2014 means worship, connecting and ministry opportunities in the neighborhood.

The Table
A Royal Priesthood January 19, 2015 - 9:33am
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people who are God's own possession.  You have become this people so that you may speak of the wonderful acts of the one who called you out of darkness into his amazing light.  Once you weren't a people, but now you are God's people.  Once you hadn't received mercy, but now you have received mercy." 1 Peter 2:9-10 CEB
The Table
Read the first chapter before the end of the first week. November 10, 2014 - 1:36pm

We will begin reading the book during the first week of the study.

Book Group - Reading Richard Rohr's Immortal Diamond
Getting started December 3, 2014 - 3:17pm

What led you to take this study?

What do you hope to bring to the study?

What do you hope to take away from the study?

Book Group - Reading Richard Rohr's Immortal Diamond
Start date of book group November 10, 2014 - 1:27pm Book Group - Reading Richard Rohr's Immortal Diamond
Brainstorm church service November 10, 2014 - 11:43pm

I need to help my team with the church service coming up on the 16th. 

Ryan Bolger's Space
Appreciate your Prayers November 7, 2014 - 4:16pm

I would appreciate your prayers for my dad who just got out of the hospital because of complications with his meds. 

Ryan Bolger's Space