Worship, Scripture, and Conversation on great themes of Advent. See links for readings.
December 2 Repentance
Jesus’ ministry began with a call to repent, because the Kingdom of God was coming near. As days grow shorter, our attention is turned to the necessity of preparing ourselves to face God through intentional acts of repentance. In preparation, read Psalm 120 and Eugene Peterson’s essay on repentance in A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society.
December 9 Simplicity
The story of the Lord’s nativity is one of profound simplicity. New parents and a baby, in a stable, without any of the accessories we now think indispensible to bringing a child into the world. And yet the holy day remembering that birth has become one of the most complicated, overwrought times of our year. In preparation, read Matthew 6 and Richard J. Foster’s “Biblical Roots: The New Covenant,” in Freedom of Simplicity: Finding Harmony in a Complex World.
December 16 Materiality
There is one good reason that Christmas became a great feast of materialism. The day marks the good news that God has taken human flesh to redeem the world. God loves the world he made and has entered into it, rather than demanding we become pure spirits, apart from the matter we are made of and enjoy. In preparation, read John 1 and Barbara Brown Taylor’s sermon, God’s Daring Plan.