Jack experiences an uncontrollable joy in his discovery of Christmas town - as if everything he's ever waited for and wanted has come true in this new place. That sort of Joy should be a part of our own journeys and experiences, especially during advent, as we anticipate the coming of Jesus.
A lot of us can connect to Jack Skellington's disillusionment in Halloweentown - he's king of everything, and he needs more. Join us this advent, as we explore Tim Burton's "Nightmare Before Christmas" as an allegory for what happens when we have seen Christmastown, but have to go back and make sense of it in Halloweentown.
At the end of Ch. 12, a later author adds an epilogue to the book of Ecclesiastes. Why? What was it about the original text that bothered him, or that he felt was incomplete? How does that thought help us process this book of ancient Wisdom?
The "Why do bad things happen to good people" question isn't new to us - it's found it's way into all of the ancient Wisdom literature, and is an important part of how we frame our world. While the teacher astutely asks the question, we might find that the answer is something completely unexpected.
9 years in, and we're still going! This morning, we invited folks to share their experiences with the church, to remind us how God has been working through this local congregation to impact the lives and community around us!