Despite the challenges and vulnerability she faced, Mary could glimpse the scale and scope of the good news she was part of bringing forth. This good news transcends time and space—it was and is bigger than just her. Christ is coming for collective liberation: God’s redemption is at work for years to come. Therefore, the promise is meant to be lived out and passed on from generation to generation.
We are invited to look at the characters in our scriptures and wonder: What did each character pass on or contribute? How did each character participate in God’s liberation and love? Which characters try to thwart God’s justice and what can we learn from them? What is our role now? What is our generation’s task? What will we carry forth, and what should we leave behind?
From Generation to Generation… reminds us of the ways our lives, histories, actions, and stories are interconnected and woven together. In the midst of narratives, policies, and rhetoric designed to divide us, what does it look like to practice belonging to one another? The work of God is always unfolding— in and through us. This Advent season, how will we carry it forth?
We call them “Birth Narratives.” They appear only in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Timeless tales of shepherds and sheep, Magi and camels, crowded together in a stable around Joseph, Mary and the Child. Just lovely, time honored, told down through the ages in word, song and art.
But is that what the Bible actually tells us? And what can this mean if that is not the case? Only two of the four gospels begin with an account of the conception, birth and childhood of Jesus. Both Mark and John keep their silence on any account of the birth and Luke and Matthew tell different tales. Join us as we explore these stories together.
Join us for this time honored tradition. Lunch and education hour immediately following.
A candlelight service retelling the Christmas story interspersed with favorite carols sung by the Chancel Choir, Soloists and Congregation. The prelude begins at 5:00pm. This year’s service will also be live-streamed via Zoom. Use the regular worship link to join virtually.
Please note lunch and the education hour will return on January 8.