In Greek mythology Hercules had to carry out a series of Labours or tasks seek the gods guidance. They were things liking hunting lions, cleaning stables, and chasing wild boars. Over Lent, our anticipation for Easter, we are going to challenge our community with 7 Labours. This will be 7 tasks, 1 thing each week that will challenge us to practice a spiritual discipline in preparation or Easter. Unfortunately, we promise there will be no capturing of wild boars in our tasks.
As we finish our study of the scriptures to begin 2019, we look at what happens when it seems like the world is ending around us. John's Apocalypse gives us a way to see the drama behind the drama, and to see meaning in some of the uncertainty around us.
How can we lead the church into a world that doesn't get us? How do we do a brand new thing in a brand new way, that breaks down all the world's categories? Paul has to turn over the leadership of his church to a generation after him - what does he want them to do?
This sermon series is going to be spent looking at the scriptures as a big picture - what stories do they tell, and how can we understand them from a variety of perspectives and points of view. Each week will look at a new section of the scriptures, and work tools to read and process not only with each other, but with thousands of years of of our ancestors and people of faith.
For 3 of the major actors of the Christmas story - Mary and Joseph, the Wisemen, and the Shepherds - the come to Bethlehem to see, and they love and adore the God of the universe. This advent, as we seek more love in the world, maybe the best first step is for us to come to the Lord simply to adore him, by whatever means lead us there.
Stepping into our third week of Advent, the legend order. We come to “hope.” When Zeus gave Pandoras jar, everything was let out of it except in the end hope stayed in the jar. Philosophers throughout the ages debate whether Hope was something good which is why it didn’t leave the jar or was hope a curse from Zeus. This week we’re going to examine hope, is it good or bad, what do we do with it? Where do we get it? How do we use it?