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Adult Forum

Sunday Mornings at 10:10 a.m. in McGill Hall


December 3:
Advent I - We anticipate Christ’s return and remember God’s faithfulness as we explore 1 Corinthians 1:3-9

This text points to one of the unique characteristics of the Christian religion: the intimate relationship between God and the Christian community that God bestows in and through Jesus Christ. This relationship takes its life and its shape from the particular terms of people’s cultures. Hence, Jesus is our brother, our Lord, our ancestor, our beloved one, our enlightened spirit. Paul reasserts that the Christian community will be sustained in this spiritual continuum for one crucial reason: “God is faithful.” By Carolos F. Cardoza-Orandi

Link to scripture HERE.


December 10:
Advent II - We respond to John the Baptist’s call to repentance in light of the good news of Jesus Christ as we explore Mark 1:1-8

The text is replete with the Advent themes of anticipation and preparation. John draws people from the countryside, from the city, and from whatever occupies them, to consider what it might mean to prepare for the one who is to come.  John the baptizer proclaims that preparation involves repentance and confession…facing the truth about ourselves and changing the direction of our lives. This bracing look back that John insists upon is so very different from the kind of nostalgia that always threatens to take center stage during the Advent season. By Martin B. Copenhaver

Link to scripture HERE.


December 17:
Advent III - What is God calling us to do? We will explore salvation as a quality of life – here and now – that reflects God’s desire for human community using Isaiah 61:1–4, 8–11

The two questions of Advent always seem to be the same: “How is the advent of God trying to come into my life/our world?” and “What do I need to do to prepare for God’s advent?” Another way of asking the same questions is, “What do I need to change in order to allow God’s trans-formation to take place in me and ultimately the world?” What activities beside the hanging of the greens and singing of Christmas carols follow from the prophet’s words? By Donald Booz

Link to scripture HERE.


 

December 24:
Advent IV & Christmas Eve

No Adult Forum


December 31:
New Year's Eve Day

No Adult Forum