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NOV 29, 2015 - News & Miscellaneous

Advent Films to Consider - Films for Hope in the Waiting

INTERRUPTED BY HOPE - 9 films for turning towards advent with Richard Rohr, Glennon Doyle Melton, Parker Palmer, Paul Young, Malcolm Guite, Brian Zahn and Barbara Brown Taylor. PREVIEW

THE WAITING - An Advent Reflection Series - An Advent visual benediction reflections series with 4 visual benedictions, 4 loops, leader guide and 4 invocations and four confessions. PREVIEW

MAKE ROOM - An Advent invitation to make room.  PREVIEW

PRAY & WATCH - Jürgen Moltmann on Advent and expecting miracles. PREVIEW

AT LAST - A visual prayer of doubt, faith and hope for waiting. Song written by Shellee Coley. PREVIEW

HOLY THIEF - Nadia Bolz-Weber on Advent PREVIEW

I AM, YOU ARE, WE ARE - A responsive invitation to wait and to be. PREVIEW


RECAPTURING ADVENT - God has made us a people of promise in a world of impatience. Author and theologian Stanley Hauerwas talks about Advent. PREVIEW

NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE - From Luke 1, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High..."How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?” PREVIEW

OH COME, EMMANUEL - Are your expectations for the perfect Christmas sabotaging your chance to experience the real path of Christmas? What will it take to begin a fresh journey? Are you trapped in the same mechanical process of preparing for Christmas year after year? With whom in your life can you start new and meaningful traditions that celebrate Jesus' incarnation? PREVIEW

FROM NOW ON -  From Matthew 1, "When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus." Pastor Ron Lewis questions the "pithiness" of the Season's gift cards in contrast to the radical and subversive way of the original Christmas Story played out. PREVIEW

DON’T BE AFRAID - “Do not be afraid...Here is your God!" Isaiah 40:1-11. PREVIEW

CHRISTMAS KINGDOMS - The last will be first. The consumer is consumed. The power of love takes over the love of power. Life springs forth from death. Aaron Edwards talks about kingdoms and his community's upside down Christmas tree. PREVIEW

CHILD OF HOPE - From Isaiah 11, "The root of Jesse shall come, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; in him the Gentiles shall hope...May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." PREVIEW

PSALM 25 - A Prayer for Protection, Guidance and Pardon. PREVIEW

SMALL INTERRUPTION. HUGE IMPACT - How could Christ’s birth – such a small interruption – have such a huge impact? Pastor Aaron Edwards on a baby bringing ultimate healing. PREVIEW

I AM YOUR SHEPHERD -  I am your shepherd. I will Give your rest. Reflections from ezekiel 34. Music by The Robbie Seay Band. PREVIEW

HOPE OF THE WORLD - Actor and singer Jenny Flannagan reflects as Mary the Mother of Jesus. PREVIEW

MARY’S SONG - From Luke 1...And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. PREVIEW


FULLY HUMAN - Marlon on the new imagination Jesus brought. PREVIEW

THE COMING & THE WAITING - “We shouldn’t wait on Jesus, we should wait…serve the people he came to save.” Artist Marlon Hall on Advent and the Hope that has come. PREVIEW 

SURRENDER OWNERSHIP - Marlon Hall on letting Christ take ownership of us and not the other way around. PREVIEW

REDEFINITION - Artist Marlon Hall on the redefining power of Christmas. PREVIEW

WHAT WOULD JESUS BUY? - 1 child dies every 15 seconds because they lack access to clean water. On Christmas eve 40,000 men, women, and children will likely die from diseases they received from polluted drinking water. Another 40,000 will die on Christmas day and it continues every day of the year. You could change all this.......or you could just go shopping. What would Jesus buy? Music by The Cobalt Season. PREVIEW

REMEMBERING MARY & JOSEPH - Author and advocate Chris Heuertz on remembering Mary and Joseph during Advent. PREVIEW

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