Advent marks the beginning of the Christian liturgical year. At First Church it will also mark for us the beginning of a new season of shared Scripture reading. As we make our way to Christmas this year, we’ll be hearing Matthew’s telling of the events leading up to Jesus’ birth. We’ll get a taste of Matthew’s particular interest in maintaining continuity with Jewish tradition, even and especially in the midst of a stark context of the Roman political empire. We’ll continue our study of Matthew into the New Year and count him as a conversation partner as we ask how we too might to live our life together in ways that follow Jesus, from birth through the joys and sufferings of life through death and to new life! We will start our journey with Matthew during the first three weeks of Advent, when there will be drop in Havruta sessions and Sunday 10 O’Clock Hours using Matthew’s Gospel. Brent Coffin and Dan Smith will be leading three 10 O’Clock Hours to introduce the Gospel of Matthew, what is unique about it and what characterizes it. They will bring specific texts for our study, texts that will serve as an introduction and show how Matthew’s Gospel can be seen as a context for our lives.
Sundays, December 1, 8, 15, and 22, 10:00 a.m., in the Hastings Room