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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 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
 
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