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A Simple Christmas

Join the church for December in a spiritual reminder of God’s presence in the midst of common holiday practices: waiting, feasting, giving, and silence.

  • Eating is a significant theme throughout the entire Bible. From the feasts and festivals of the Old Testament, to the meal Jesus shares with his disciples the night before he dies, and the final feast in heaven, the Bible affirms a great joy and delight as God's people eat together.

    Many of your Christmas traditions involve food and family. Last Sunday, we remembered the practice of feasting together as a joy-filled, Christ-centered, hope-reminding activity. Our hope is that as we eat, we would never forget the giver of food and life who is at the center of it all!


  • Waiting is a universal experience during the holiday season. We are waiting for packages, waiting in lines, we are waiting in traffic. 

    So what if we saw this everyday experience as an opportunity to be reminded of what it means to wait for God? Waiting is a massive theme of the Bible, as we see God's people being constantly hopeful and expectant for God to come and restore the kingdom.


  • Last Sunday was the start of Advent. Advent means "coming" in Latin and is a period of time we dedicate to celebrating the coming of the Messiah, Christ Jesus. We often feel a tension this time of year between our desire to draw near to God and enjoy his peace and presence, and the frenzied bustle of holiday festivities and end-of-year chores.  

    "A Simple Christmas" is a time to direct our hearts to delight in Jesus. 

    These are serious questions, and we're glad we can have this conversation. 


The simple meaning of Christmas is that God came to be with us. And as we’ve celebrated God’s presence, we’ve also added layers upon layers of extra activities that have kept us from enjoying the original focus, Christ with us. We host and go to multiple parties. We invite family into our homes and travel to see others.


We buy lots of presents for others. We cook and bake and entertain. All these are some of the most fun times of the year. But in our layering, it’s possible for us to get distracted with the things of Christmas and miss God in Christmas.

 

Join the church for December in a spiritual reminder of God’s presence in the midst of common holiday practices: waiting, feasting, giving, and silence.