What do you Expect?
November 30 – December 22, 2019

There are times when our best expectations turn into hopeless resignation.  The “most wonderful time of the year” can quickly turn into disappointment if we do not align our hearts with God’s purpose for the season.  Advent is the springboard to the true hope of God coming to be among us in the Christ child.  The question is not whether our expectations are realistic or unrealistic.  The question is whether we are preparing to enter into God’s great narrative or whether we are attempting to squeeze some irrelevant religious decoration into our over-scheduled, overdone holiday “festivities.”  

Scripture Readings

Nov 30/Dec 1 | Jeremiah 33: 14-18 Dec 7/8 | Isaiah 40: 1-11
Dec 14/15 | Music Weekend
Dec 21/22 | Matthew 1: 18-25

Suggested Resources & Reading
Watch for the Light: Readings for Advent and Christmas by Selected Authors

Celebrating Abundance: Devotions for Advent by Walter Brueggemann

Advent Conspiracy: Making Christmas Meaningful (Again) by Rick McKinley

Almost Christmas: A Wesleyan Advent Experience by Magrey R. deVega

The Mood of Christmas & Other Celebrations by Howard Thurman

Engaging the Word: The New Testament and the Christian Believer by Jaime Clark-Soles

A Christmas Carol, 1984 Feature Film
(Family Resource!)