December 16, 2018

Knocking at the Door of Humanity

Passage: Matthew 1:18–25

This week, Pastor Renee reflects on the recklessness of Joseph as he says "yes" to being Jesus' parent, to joining Mary in her vulnerability and accepting the social stigma that comes with her pregnancy before their marriage. She also reflects on the Holy Family's journey to Bethlehem and the way that journey is reenacted in Central America today in the posada tradition by bringing the voice of Saulo Padilla to the center of our attention: "Imagine living in a culture that believed that anyone asking for shelter and refuge could be God." Read Saulo's entire reflection for yourself by following this link.

CMF's Advent Theme:

For us, Advent is a time of waiting and expecting. But whatever the wise men, the shepherds, Joseph, and Mary were expecting, it probably wasn’t the strange visitations that would alter their lives and the world.

This Advent, we’re following their stories as Christ is revealed to the world. We invite you to continue as “People on the Move,” preparing to answer God’s individual and collective calls, however surprising they may be, with a similarly reckless yes.

Our journey into Advent this year moves from the outside inward.

Week one is geopolitical: the wise men’s searching leads to Jesus and King Herod.
Week two enters local politics: the shepherds follow a vision of angels and abandon their sheep.
Week three is interpersonal: Joseph accepts the social stigma of a pregnant fiancee.
Week four is internal: Mary embodies a reckless yes.

From our worship coordinator for Advent, Nathan Swartzendruber.

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