This Christmas

In News by Grace Avenue

December 3-31

The Christmas season is often filled with nostalgia for days gone by. We want to hear the same songs, eat the same foods, and join in the same activities as we always have. There is comfort in routine and memories. There is something centering about looking back and knowing our history. But what if the Advent season calls us to the realization that “God with us” means here and now? What if all our memories could be used not as a call to the past, but as a way of sharing who we are today as people who embrace God incarnate in our everyday lives? What if this year we truly focused on THIS Christmas more than the past and saw that moments of hope, peace, joy, and love are all around us? In 2023, let’s share our stories of God among us...right here, right now.


December 3

This Christmas: Share Hope
Mark 13:24 - 37


December 10

This Christmas: Share Peace
Issiah 40:1 - 8


December 17

This Christmas: Share Joy
Music Sunday


December 24 (4th Sunday of Advent)

This Christmas: Share Love
Watch for video testimonies about sharing love!


December 24 (Christmas Eve)

This Christmas: Share Christ
Luke 2:1 - 20


December 31

This Christmas: Share Freedom
Luke 2:22 - 30

RESOURCES 

The Liberation of Christmas
by: Richard Horsley

A Surprising God: Advent Devotions for an Uncertain Time
by: Thomas Long and Donnelley McCray

Tell It Like It Is: Reclaiming the Practice of Testimony
by: Lillian Daniel

A Christmas Carol
by: Charles Dickens (or any favorite movie adaptation)

It’s a Wonderful Life
1946 Film directed by Frank Capra available on Prime Video

Spirited
2022 Movie available on Apple TV