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Blog Archives: November 2013

25
November
2013

Advent Prayer Services

Next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, we will have our Advent Prayer Services to mark the changing of the church calendar. This is a new tradition, begun earlier in the year to root our prayer lives in the understanding of the church year, and we hope you will join us as we sing, pray, and meditate on this time of waiting and longing for the coming of our Lord. The reasoning behind these services, as we have discussed in the past, is threefold: To remember that everything is prayer--silence, singing, speaking, meditating, listening. To ...
25
November
2013

Featured Artist: Erice Liu

  Advent Painting Series: “Longing, Hope, Expectancy” The approach of Advent means a number of changes to our services and structures at City Church. We change out the green vestments of ordinary time for purple; pray prayers of expectancy and longing; and wait for Christmas day to celebrate the coming of Jesus. One of the new ways we are marking the changing of the seasons here at City Church is through art. Erice Liu, an artist and member of City Church, has been commissioned to paint pieces representing the various seasons of the ...
21
November
2013

The Turning of the Calendar: Advent

We have, whether we like it or not, a lot of time to practice waiting. There are areas, as a culture, in which we are compelled not to wait--we spend money we don't have to buy things we don't need, we chase bigger and better because we can't abide the small lot we have been given, we pay a little extra here or there not to have to wait in line. We are always cheating time, or so we like to think. But time will not be cheated. In God's economy, especially, we are invited into a relationship with time that involves words not of transaction, ...
13
November
2013

Understanding the Grand Narrative: A Luncheon and a Conversation

This weekend, we are lucky to have Wesley Granberg-Michaelson with us for two different events at City Church. Join us for a Conversation on Saturday evening, or on Sunday afternoon for a luncheon. Or, if you're feeling ambitious, for both! Granberg-Michaelson, an author and former general secretary of the RCA, will be talking about different topics at both events, and they are both worth checking out. On Saturday evening, City Church will host Granberg-Michaelson in conversation with our own Dr. Scot Sherman. In his recent book From Times ...
07
November
2013

Making Sense of the Old Testament for our Spiritual Formation:

Laura Turner
Part 1 of a 3-part Conversation What are we to do with the Old Testament? There are plagues and exiles and broken promises. There is violence--lots of violence--and plenty of inane laws. There are loads of contradictory statements. Yet it is part of the Christian Bible. This is Jesus' Bible and, therefore, it is there for our spiritual formation. Because it asks so many hard questions of contemporary readers, it can seem easiest to set the Old Testament aside as an issue for scholars alone. But the Old Testament has a great deal to say ...
07
November
2013

The House I Live In: Sundance Award-Winning Documentary

Not long ago, the City Hope staff went to the annual Christian Community Development Association conference in New Orleans. They spent time in New Orlean's 9th Ward, an area hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and still struggling with recovery to varying degrees. Back at the conference, Michelle Alexander, a civil rights activist and law professor, talked to the group about her book, The New Jim Crow. That stuck with the City Hope staff. The New Jim Crow--subtitled Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness--deals with the ...