ORUCC Java & Jesus, Nov. 27th, 9 am (In-person or by Zoom)

Java & Jesus
Sunday, Nov. 27th, at 9 am
Attend in-person at the church in the
Alfred Swan Room, or attend remotely
by Zoom
Jim McNamara facilitating
All are welcome!
Please join us even if this is your first time!
In keeping with the Advent preaching theme of “The Stars, Christ Child and Cosmos in Conversation,” we will be exploring our sense of wonder and awe at our place in this incredible creation. How did all this beauty and chaos come to be? What is our purpose in it?
As Christians we are called to measure our lives by the example given by Jesus the Christ. How does the story of Jesus inform us in our response to the constant revelation of new wonders revealed by scientific research? Do the birth stories of the Bible still have meaning in this era? Do new astronomical discoveries diminish the awe and wonder that we felt as children when we heard of the angel’s message or does it burnish an already beautiful story with even greater awe and thanksgiving?
Advent is the season of preparation for the arrival of the Messiah. Let’s start our preparation by reading the birth stories in Matthew and Luke as found in the NRSV translation. How did something so ordinary as the birth of a child become the story of hope and awe that we have today? How does light play a role in the stories? In the same way, how could an event such as the “Big Bang” result in the universe we see in the James Webb telescope pictures?
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To join Zoom discussion by phone: 1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 836 4943 6657
Passcode: 315584
If you have difficulty accessing the Zoom discussion,
phone Ken Pennings at 608-556-2371