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These are the weekend teachings from Timberline Old Town Church in Ft. Collins, CO. Darren Fred is the primary communicator, though there are a smattering of guests spread here and there. Also, check out the Speaking of Art segments. We love art, we love what artists have to say about art. For more info about who we are, visit timberlineoldtown.org.

Dec 16, 2018

For Advent, we’re following the guide Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann. We want to create space to sit in the tension between our illusions of abundance and the abundance of newness. Or as Brueggemann says about Advent: "Advent is preparation for the demands of newness that will break the tired patterns of fear in our lives."

Advent 3: The What & The When Of The Christ Child

Song: Spirit Move by Bethel Music

Recognition of Souls Prayer: 
We confess that we are inured to chaos, O God.
We are well accustomed to fear and scarcity,
and so we do not easily discern your transformative power.
Make our hardened hearts supple once again,
so that we might be prepared to celebrate the lord of abundance.

Amen.

Songs: 
Beautiful Things by Gungor
O Come O Come Emmanuel
Revelation Song by Jesus Culture
The Stand by Hillsong


Readings & Commentary:
John 3:1-9
Sermon by Darren Fred
 
Benediction:

God, may we live in the mystery of Christ in us, and us in Christ, and move in Christ and have our being in Christ. May we be in Christ. May Christ be in us. May we see and be seen. May we know and be known. May we let go of our perceived need for certain experiences. May we experience everything. Amen.

Resource
A Conversation With Walter Brueggemann from Image Journal

Practice
Enter into John 3:1-9 through the practice of Imaginative Prayer, which you can read about here.
Dec 9, 2018

For Advent, we’re following the guide Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann. We want to create space to sit in the tension between our illusions of abundance and the abundance of newness. Or as Brueggemann says about Advent: "Advent is preparation for the demands of newness that will break the tired patterns of fear in our lives."

Advent 2: Energy At Midpoint

Song: Reckless Love by Bethel

Recognition of Souls Prayer: 
By your loving spirit, may Advent be a time of remembering and giving thanks,
and also a time of renewing our energy and our resolve for mission.

May we rest and obey.

Amen.

Song: Nothing I Hold On by United Pursuit

Readings & Commentary:
Isaiah 40:31
 
From Celebrating Abundance:
The poem [in Isaiah 40] reflects a faith community in which the possibilities of the Gospel seem to have failed. We might call it burnout. They could not generate the old vitality. Nothing seemed to work. In this world, appeal to the power of God did not carry much weight.

Song of Reflection: Scattered Stones by Young Oceans
Reflection Prompts: 

Song: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Readings &Commentary: 

From Celebrating Abundance:

The news in this poem is for the faint in the church, those who have run out of steam, out of patience, out of courage, out of imagination, out of generosity.

The reason we have run out is that we have believed the world too much. We have listened to the Babylonians. We have yearned too much for the American dream. And people who get caught in Babylonian dreams or American dreams wind up without energy for faith and mission.

But as we focus on the God who is free and restless and at work, we break the spell of the empire, and we are free again.

Song: Beautiful by Phil Wickham

Song: King Of My Heart by John Mark McMillan

Benediction:
God, You are here
God, You are good
God, You are enough
Amen

Resources
A Blessing For Longing by Jon O'Donohue
Album: Advent by Young Oceans

Practice
In moments of longing this week, stop and pray:
Come, thou long expected Jesus

Then imagine the Holy Trinity turning to you and saying:
Come, thou long expected Child
 
Dec 2, 2018

For Advent, we’re following the guide Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann. We want to create space to sit in the tension between our illusions of abundance and the abundance of newness. Or as Brueggemann says about Advent: "Advent is preparation for the demands of newness that will break the tired patterns of fear in our lives."

 

Advent 1: Newness Is On Its Way

Song: Children Of The Earth by Josh Garrels

Recognition of Souls:

Living God, visit us in this season with your Holy Spirit that we may get carried away to do obedient things we have not yet done, kingdom things we did not think we had in us, neighbor things from which we cringe. May you act in us, through us, beyond us, more than we imagine, because newness is on its way among us.

Amen.

Song: Are You Listening by United Pursuit

Reading:

John is not the newness. He prepares us for the newness. And his word is that if we want to be immersed in the life giving power of God, then we must do as john says: share your coat and shoes and goods; manage money in neighborly ways; quit being the heavy in social transactions. Who would’ve thought such concrete acts are the tactic whereby God's newness will yet come!

Advent is not the kind of “preparation” that involves shopping and parties and cards. Such illusions of abundance disguise the true cravings of our weary souls.  Advent is preparation for the demands of newness that will break the tired patterns of fear in our lives.

Song: Everything Now by Arcade Fire

Reading: Luke 3:15-16

Song: O Come O Come Emmanuel

Sermon: Darren Fred

Song: For Joy by Aaron Strumpel

Song: May You Find A Light by The Brilliance

Benediction:

God, You are here

God, You are good

God, You are enough

Amen

 

Resource

Celebrating Abundance by Walter Brueggemann

Practice

During times of stress this week, pause and repeat this:

God, You are here

God, You are good

God, You are enough

[Your name], you are here

[Your name], you are good

[Your name], you are enough

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