“Things Hoped For” Friday, December 6th, 2019 Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. -NRSV Millions of Christians, from diverse traditions across the world, seek to prepare for the celebration of Christmas during this season of Advent. It is because of the privilege of… Continue Reading→
Hope What is hope? Modern culture tells us it is a “maybe,” a kind of unsure optimism. But in Scripture, hope is an indication of certainty. “Hope” means “a strong and confident expectation.” As many of us watch the news, both from our own country as well as other places in the world, we can’t… Continue Reading→
“Christ, Occupied” Luke 2:1-10 Matthew 2:1-18 Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 2:1-18 What do we pray for when we pray for children in other parts of the globe? Do we pray that they might have security or community? Do we pray that they will have access to food and shelter, that they might know the love of… Continue Reading→
Advent begins on Sunday, December 1st. The Media Center offers group studies, personal inspiration, worship resources, program ideas, and videos for all ages throughout the Christmas season. The NC Conference also offers its own Advent litanies this year. What Child Is This? Bishop Ward encourages use of the What Child Is This? Advent resource produced… Continue Reading→
Laura and Aaron discuss secular Christmas movies and how they relate to the Christmas story. They discuss consumerism, Santa Christmas, Advent, and the joys of family Christmas traditions.
Advent begins December 2nd. The Media Center has Advent studies available for adults, youth, and children. Some studies include a DVD. Some are book-based. Some books can be reproduced for everyone in your group to have a copy. Some churchwide studies adapt the adult curriculum for youth and children to study along with their parents…. Continue Reading→
So, you’ve got your Advent study. Get even more into the spirit of the season by watching a movie or documentary, reading a book, starting a new tradition, or reading to children about Christmas with resources available from the Media Center. Open up a pathfinder by clicking on the headings below and discover new ways… Continue Reading→
As Advent begins, we stand once again amid the destruction left by devastating storms. In the darkness, we yearn for light, Bishop Ward writes in an article published by Faith & Leadership.
In this season of Thanksgiving, and soon Christmas, Bishop Ward invites every congregation to receive special offerings for Hurricane Matthew response and recovery.