Dec 24, 2018
Enjoying Christmas Gatherings…From Scratch
Matthew 2:1-12
 
The first Christmas drew an interesting guest list. Jesus promised that his sacrifice would draw all sorts of people to himself. Our orientation to Christianity should open us up to all people instead of closing us off to a certain, like-minded few.
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  • Dec 24, 2018Enjoying Christmas Gatherings…From Scratch
    Dec 24, 2018
    Enjoying Christmas Gatherings…From Scratch
    Matthew 2:1-12
     
    The first Christmas drew an interesting guest list. Jesus promised that his sacrifice would draw all sorts of people to himself. Our orientation to Christianity should open us up to all people instead of closing us off to a certain, like-minded few.
  • Dec 16, 2018Giving Gifts from Scratch
    Dec 16, 2018
    Giving Gifts from Scratch
    Matthew 2:1-12
    Gift giving has changed from buying things to "Giving things that truly have great meaning and show great love for the individual." - Cara David
    The Magi gave a gift because they saw who Jesus was. May our gift giving result in our loved ones "being seen" No matter what is given, may it create sacred moments of friendship and love.
  • Dec 2, 2018Being Christmas People…From Scratch
    Dec 2, 2018
    Being Christmas People…From Scratch
    Ezra 3:10-13
     
    The new temple brought an array of responses: crying (it didn't resemble the past) and cheers (it was a sign of potential for the future). Advent is at a similar crossroads. Advent celebrates a birthday by honoring the past without being held captive by nostalgia, we have a chance to imagine a bright future.
     
    Jesus' first appearing brought great hope and profound upheaval. A community shaped by Christmas brings both peace and disruption.