I bring this up as we begin the sprint towards Christmas commonly called Advent. We are doing “A New Thing” quite intentionally, but it is a new thing built on what has come before. We will celebrate Hope, Peace, Joy and Love as a community as we prepare in anticipation for Christ’s arrival, but we will also see that God does not maintain the status quo any more than a group of witty college kids. God is not static, God is not willing to prop up the status quo, God is always moving and shaking things up. It is as if God is doing a new thing — because God is a God of new life, and new life cannot (by definition) be the old one with a few details changed. It is why the Advent of Jesus Christ is God’s New Thing, and it has major impact on us this year, and every year, and next year. But don’t wait until next year to come to service — you won’t want to miss what’s coming up in worship.
Or in Sunday School! See the article, and then plan on coming to class. The First Christmas will meet in Sunday School Room 1, and The Advent Conspiracy will meet in the sanctuary. I hope to see around half of you at 9:30 on Sunday, and everyone at 10:50. Let’s do a new thing together!