Prepare for Christmas by looking at the Christmas narrative. This study, Light of the World – A Beginner’s Guide to Advent, will explore the stories of Zechariah and Elizabeth, Mary, the Journey to Bethlehem, and the Visit from the Magi.
These stories open conversations around connections of the Gospel stories to the Old Testament, the role of women in first-century Jewish culture, the importance of Mary’s visitation and the revolutionary implications of Mary’s Magnificat, the census and the stable, and the star of Bethlehem and the flight to Egypt.
We will meet on four Mondays in December: 2, 9, 16, and 23. Choose between 11 am and 6:30 pm. Our time together will include brief video from the author, professor and biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine, discussion of the book, and a time to learn and share together. You may order your own book from Cokesbury, Amazon and it’s available on Kindle.
Dec 2: “The Meaning of Memory” – Zechariah and Elizabeth
Dec 9: “The Promise of Potential” – Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary
Dec 16: “The Journey to Joy” – Traveling to Bethlehem and after
Dec 23: “The Gifts of the Gentiles” – The Magi, Herod, Flight from Bethlehem