Christmas begins and ends with Christ, but every year we can miss the wonder of God’s miraculous birth.
Christmas begins and ends with Christ, but every year we can miss the wonder of God’s miraculous birth. And yet, each Advent brings another opportunity to worship the miracle in a new way. 2020 has been a “different” year, an unusual year, and we want to be part of a different story this Christmas, one that celebrates our King and brings hope to the watching world.
This year First Presbyterian Church will be using materials from the Advent Conspiracy to shape our Advent season. Advent Conspiracy is not a formula or a checklist, it is an international movement striving to bring deeper meaning to Christmas through the season of Advent, based on 4 principles/thoughts:
Spend Less: The Story Our Money Tells
Worship Fully: The Missing Ingredient
Give More: The Gift of Meaningful Connection
Love All: Making a Difference Here and Now
Santa + Service
Advent Conspiracy Reading List
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest. And on earth “peace”, “goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:8-14
“And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown”
(Linus – from A Charlie Brown Christmas)