Through the eyes of....

              The staff of First Cong is excited to share the theme of this year’s Advent series:  Through the eyes of  . . .  Often times we get in a rut of re-telling the story of the birth of Jesus as we have heard it told for many years. We look through the eyes of the storytellers we have heard for years. We look through the eyes of the Gospel writers, or the Older Testament writers of Isaiah. These sources of information give us great insight into the feeling of the story as it was told, but we are somewhat limited to the author’s eyes. During the four weeks of Advent and the Sunday following Advent, we hope to present the story through specific eyes, using the scripture as a guide with additional readings to enhance the text. Imagine with us, how the original characters might have experienced the time shortly before, during, or after the birth of Jesus.


1st Sunday (November 30)   Through the eyes of Elizabeth

Luke 1:5-25, 39-45

2nd Sunday (December 7)   Through the eyes of Angels/Shepherds

Luke 2:8-20

3rd Sunday (December 14)   Through the eyes of Animals

Genesis 1:20- 25

Luke 2:1-7

4th Sunday (December 21)   Through the eyes of Mary

Luke 1:46-55

Magnificat by Maren Tirabassi

Sunday after Christmas  (December 28)  Through the eyes of the Innkeeper

Micah 6:6-8

Nativity – The Innkeeper by larry l linville

On the fourth Sunday of Advent, the Cantata Choir will also be performing Johann Pachelbel's Magnificat in G, for choir, organ, and strings. We are also overjoyed that our very own Linda Hancock has agreed to create bulletin covers for the five weeks of the series. Her artistic vision of the text always brings depth to our experience.

We hope you will plan to attend as many of these Sundays as possible, while we try to freshen the way we approach a very old story. Our Christian story of the birth of a baby that would change the way we look at the world, sometimes gets lost in a world that seems to be more occupied by one’s own needs, than the needs of others and the very human humble figure we call Jesus.

~ Eldonna Hazen


Posted on November 18, 2014 at 11:53 am in Featured Content.

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