As we move into the season of Advent (which means “arrival”), we long to see and know Christ, come to reign in our hearts and lives. So we share conversation around these themes:
November 13: At worship this day we’ll pray Psalm 98, which also happens to be one of the Christmas psalms. We’ll converse about three of these Christmas psalms (96, 97, 98). How do these prayers tune us into an awareness of Christ’s advent?
November 20, 27, December 4: another one of the scripture readings heard on Christmas Eve is Titus 2:11-14. For three weeks, we’ll do a slow read together of Titus (just three chapters), which was addressed to Christians on the island of Crete. Topics will include “household codes” and gender roles, virtues and the coming of Christ. Jill will share an icon of Titus.
December 11: While we’re on the topic of Crete and the Greek world, we’ll consider a form of prayer important to Greek Orthodoxy: the use of icons as visual aids to prayer. If God really lay as a baby in the manger at Bethlehem, can we depict God visually? We may look at icons of Mary and images of El Greco (who was himself from Crete).
December 18: Wrap up of previous conversations, and if time allows, a look at another text from Christmas Eve, Isaiah 9.