“Raise your voice… raise it; don’t be afraid!” Isaiah 40:9
The history of humanity is fraught with pain–especially the pain that comes accompanied by fear and leads to oppression and violence of one people against another. This is the world into which Jesus was born and through which his teachings would challenge and call for transformation. The opening words of an anonymous Jewish poet, “I believe in the sun, even when the sun is not shining,” were scrawled on a wall during the Holocaust. This theme song for our season calls us to examine our penchant for annihilating fear by annihilating each other. The power of narrative and music will call us to a different response–transformation and reconciliation through hope, love, joy, and peace. This Advent and Christmas, let us fill the night with music and light and affirm and act on the reasons why we can still “believe, even when” we are discouraged.
the Circuit Advent small group with Centennial UMC, Saturdays in December, 10am on Zoom
“I Believe Even When…” Documentary Film Festival—What role does singing play in holding a people together? The answer lies in these four films. Mark and Mary Lou Hanzlik host this online series about the power of music in difficult times. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advent Devotion Booklet Available
Please pick up the advent booklet from the church. Special Drive Through (Nov. 29, Sunday Noon to 1pm) Drive by the church to pick up a booklet!
Have your Advent candles ready!
This year, we are inviting you to light the advent candles at home during the service. The advent candles can be 4 simple candles which you can find at home, you can buy them or you can make them. Join us to light candles together!
Children Advent Movie Project
You can watch a movie together as a family each week and discuss it! You can check these out at the library or look for it on the TV during December.A Charlie Brown Christmas – Hope, How the Grinch Stole Christmas – LoveFrosty the Snowman – Joy, The Muppet Christmas Carol – PeaceThe Polar Express – Believe