Christmastide 2: Sunday, January 4

In Him was Life

Readings: Psalm 147:12-20  /  Ephesians 1:3-14  /  John 1:1-18

Christmastide 1: Sunday, December 28

The Light of Revelation to the Gentiles

Readings: Psalm 148 / Galatians 4:4-7 / Luke 2:22-40

Peace Like a River | Women’s Book Club

Sunday, January 11 – Our next book will be Peace like a River by Lief Enger

In Enger’s first novel, young Reuben Land has little doubt that miracles happen all around us, suspecting that his own father is touched by God. When his older brother flees a controversial murder charge, Reuben, along with his older sister and father, set off on a journey that will take them to the Badlands and through a landscape more extraordinary than they could have anticipated. Enger’s novel is at once a heroic quest and a haunting meditation on the possibility of magic in the everyday world.

Bring your lunch if you like, and we will eat before discussing the book. We’ll start at about 12:00, but if you want to go to Conversations gathering after the service, feel free to come over when Conversations is over. For those who are not staying for Conversations, Kristin will be at her home 15 minutes after church ends.

For future reading, our next book will be  The Question that Never Goes Away by Philip Yancey. Check back to this page for February’s gathering date.

Date: Sunday, January 11

Time: 12:00pm

Location: Home of Kristin Carmody (contact us for address 949.631.2820)

Advent 4: Sunday, December 21

Readings: Psalm 89:1-4, 19-26  / Romans 16:25-27   /   Luke 1:26-38

Advent 4: In the last week of Advent we concentrate on love. The Gospel reading this week tells a story of love: the love of God in coming to earth through Mary’s womb in the form of baby—and Mary’s love for God which produced these renowned words: “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”

But this love is daily challenged by what Brueggemann calls our neurotic need to secure our lives by increasing levels of multitasking. In the relentless pursuit of various commodities, we can’t even fully stop our frenetic activity to worship God.

“Multitasking”, according to Brueggemann is “the drive to be more than we are, to control more than we do and to extend our power and our effectiveness.” Such practice “yields a divided self, with full attention given to nothing.”

Read that definition of multitasking again—and compare it to the single-mindedness of Mary: what do you learn about yourself?

Love may seem like a tired or vague term. But if love directs the will, it is actually a robust and crucial word. For instance, Jesus said: “you can’t serve two masters…you will love one and despise the other.” What is the current state of your loves? To what “master” is it oriented?

A perhaps surprising antonym for love is covetousness. For, as Brueggemann says, “coveting generates mistrust and sets neighbor and against neighbor.” On the contrary, a heart of restful love makes us a good neighbor. Do you find your wants, your desires or your cravings making you a less than loving person? What might you work on to adjust this reality?