CURRENT TEACHING SERIES
Do You See What I See?: Recovering an Unvarnished Christmas Story
Sunday Nov 27 – Jan 1 | 9+11 AM
The way we tell the Christmas story can sometimes be wrapped in a bow. Christmas — more than any other holiday — is susceptible to sentimentality. This is when the stories we tell are coated in the veneers of unreality because it makes us feel good. We do this every time the Christmas story becomes more of a polished Hollywood production, than a story of real challenge and struggle. The dark side to an overly sentimentalized Christmas, is that it tends not to make room for reality. And when we dismiss the aches and pains, the crying baby Jesus, the struggles and questions, we can dismiss ourselves from being ones who can find ourselves in a sacred story. We need to read Scripture as honestly as it is written and not try to domesticate it into the saccharine clichés of sentimental Christmas cards. For the light of the gospel to shine truthfully, we need to be honest about the darkness in which it shines. In this Advent season, we invite you to join us as we explore the unvarnished Christmas story.
Nov 27 | Bad Blood?
Dec 4 | A Life Interrupted
Dec 11 | The Unexpected Worshipers
Dec 18 | Far as the Curse is Found
Dec 25 | We’ll Give Him All the Glory (ONLINE ONLY)
Jan 1 | Prepare the Way (One Gathering at 10 AM)
ATTENDING 139 SMITH
For our in person gatherings to keep you and others safe we will have these practices and procedures in place.
HOW TO PREPARE
Bring a Mask if You’d Like
Sanitize Your Hands
Doors Open 30 min Before the Service
DURING THE SERVICE
Hug With Permission
Wear Your Mask While In The Balcony
Linger With Your Community