And if we believe that in Jesus God has come to save us and will come again to fulfil his promise of salvation, well then, we really don’t need to worry about Christmas. All we need to do is celebrate it. That’s the idea behind the Advent Conspiracy.
A lot of the madness and sadness around Christmas is driven, one way or another, by the notion that it’s up to us to save Christmas. It’s up to us to save Christmas for our kids or for our grandkids, to save it for our families, or, most often, to save it for ourselves by having the perfect Christmas – the most meaningful and bountiful and traditional-filled Christmas. But what happens, most often, is that we mostly just end up missing out on the real celebration, which is that in Jesus God came to save us and will come again to fulfill his kingdom.
The Advent Conspiracy invites us to stop trying to save Christmas and simply celebrate it by doing four things:
Worshipping Fully – because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus
Spending Less – so we can be free to focus on what really matters
Giving More – more of our presence, and time, and heart which are the best gifts we can give
Loving All – the poor, the forgotten, and the marginalized in ways that make a difference; the way Jesus’ love does.
We’re going to be looking at each of these ideas in more detail during the four weeks of Advent – on Sunday morning, and during a small group series taking place on Tuesday mornings at 10am and Friday evenings at 6:30pm.
Whether you’re able to join us for these gatherings or not I hope you are able to truly celebrate this Christmas, and know all the hope and peace and joy and love that Jesus has come to bring us.
4:00 — 6:00 pm (includes supper)
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St Paul’s Anglican Church
There is NO youth group on Nov 27