the Redemption of Scrooge
Advent Sermon Series
Our Advent theme, “The Redemption of Scrooge,” invites us on a journey to see how God blesses each and every one of us with the ability to be transformed. Join us Sundays at 8:15, 9:30 or 11:00am, except December 24 when we’ll have one morning service at 10:00am and Christmas Eve services at 5:00, 7:00, and 11:00pm.
The Redemption of Scrooge: based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, this study considers how we’re influenced by Christmas Past, live for Christmas Present, and are shaped by the hope of Christmas Future. Thursdays at 6:30pm; Sundays at 11am.
Faithful: Christmas Through the Eyes of Joseph is the newest study from Adam Hamilton, exploring the birth of Jesus from Joseph’s perspective. Sundays at 9:30am.
The four weeks leading up to Christmas is called Advent, and it’s a great time to be intentional about dedicating time every day to reflection and prayer. Here are several resources for you to consider as you take time for your faith and prepare for Christmas this year.
Want something delivered to your inbox every day? Then you might consider these options.
- Pittsburgh Theological Seminary offers an online daily devotional. You can subscribe to it here by completing the E-Newsletter Subscription form; scroll down and check the box “Devotionals (Advent & Lent)”
- The Upper Room (a global United Methodist ministry dedicated to supporting the spiritual life of Christians seeking to know and experience God more fully) also has a daily online option. Subscribe to it (free for one month) here. (Cost is only $1.99/month after your trial.)
- d365 has offered daily relevant and inspirational reflections since 2001, in response to 9/11. While it is primarily aimed at teens and students, much of its content is sharply appealing. You can subscribe here.
Would you rather purchase a book and read at your own pace? Here are two sites that offer some wonderful resources.
- Cokesbury.com is our denomination’s publishing resource. You can find many books with daily prayers and reflections here. (Shipping is free through November 19!)
- The Upper Room, also a United Methodist Ministry, includes publications, programs, prayer support, and other resources. They also offer publications for Advent prayer and reflection here.
And, finally, if you know you want to participate in the tradition of lighting Advent Candles in your own home but just aren’t real sure how to do that, what to say or read as you do, take a look at this site. Author Mary Jane Pierce Norton offers several ideas for activities during Advent as well as readings for lighting Advent Candles at home.
If none of these resources seem right for you, please contact me (email@example.com // 913.268.9551). I would be happy to help you find the spiritual support you need for your Advent journey in 2017.
December 10 @ 8:15am & 11:00am
A Ceremony of Carols with Harp Accompaniment
British composer Benjamin Britten wrote this cantata during World War II aboard a cargo ship. Since then, the choral work has become a classical music staple during the Christmas season. Directed by Jackson Thomas.
December 10 @ 9:30am
Special tunes from Jeremy Watson and BethanyBridge Praise Band
December 17 @ 1:00pm
Bethlehem court is in session! Jackson Thomas and the Children’s Choir bring us “The Case of the Reluctant Innkeeper” by Schram and Cabaniss.
10:00am BethanyBridge, Bell Duet
7:00pm Bell Choir
December 24 Schedule
9:00am Special All-ages Faith Formation Project
10:00am Fourth Sunday of Advent Worship Service
5:00, 7:00, and 11:00pm Christmas Eve services including special music,
candle lighting, and Communion.