Hello First Mennonite,
Below is a guide for reading through the Christmas Story. I encourage us all to take a moment sometime this holiday break to read at least one story and connect Christmas to our Bible and our Church community, reminding our household and children that this story has been around for centuries (older than Santa). For Peace School students of all ages, we are making the transition in Advent from the Old Testament's vivid hopes of the prophets, to January when we learn the stories of Jesus each year - the incarnation of this hope. The MYF will be going through the Gospel of Luke, the JYF will be considering Jesus' value of Simplicity, and the Worship Services will be following the Gospel of Matthew.
Enjoy this wonderful opportunity of rest and family as you are able, and the company of friends and maybe even strangers. May everyone find a moment to remember that God is with us, even when things are not going well. Israel waited over 500 years for a Messiah to save them. This week we celebrate the hope we all have in Jesus, to save us from hate, violence, oppression, occupation, slavery, poverty, hunger, loneliness and depression. In January we continue with the seasons of Epiphany and Lent and Easter, deciding how we will answer Jesus' call to be disciples and love the world as he did.
Do we feel God? Do we see God? Do we know God? Is God with us? Immanuel?
A few notes for parents and adults. The story of Jesus has four versions in our Bible, commonly referred to as the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Conveniently, our two Story Bibles for the K-2nd Graders do a good job of merging the four gospels. Otherwise, you'll note that Matthew and Luke each have a different focus for the birth story of Jesus, while Mark and John do not have birth stories.
Events & Evites:
Tory - Pastor of Children and Youth Faith Formation.