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Setting the Table

Those major holidays are right around the corner, and so are ALL of those celebrations, dinners, reunions, and other reasons we use to gather together. Whether you look forward to surrounding yourself with family and traditions or tradition has you dreading the family dysfunction and inevitable conflicts ahead, this series sets the table. Join us in exploring how considering four key components in any gathering can transform it into a celebration feast.

November 3: "Tradition" -- All Saints Day
Ephesians 3:14-20
Those who have come before us did what they did for a purpose. They passed on traditions that link us to our sacred histories. As we now pass those along ourselves, we connect a whole new generation and people to a family of the greatest and purest love.

November 10: "Reason"
Ephesians 4:11-16
Let's be honest. Many people today consider "religion" to be nothing more than "brainwashing" and "fairy tales". It seems like if you say you are a Christian that you are admitting to being closed minded and unrealistic. The reality is we have been encouraged to question, explore, and discover the universe around us. Science and reason actually confirm our faith, not unravel it.

November 17: "Experience"
Ephesians 4:17-2
4 We all have a past. Places we come from, things we've done, people we've known, words we've said, and ways we've thought. It is a mix of positive and negative and can shape the way we view the world. Our independent experiences seem to divide us further and more often than ever before. If the table is set properly, however, they can actually bring us closer together.

November 24: "Scripture" -- Christ the King Sunday -- Sunday before Thanksgiving
Ephesians 4:25-32
The Bible. That thing we always really mean to dive into, but which always seems hard to get started on or to understand once we do. If it is so important, why is it so intimidating and complicated? What does something written so long ago have to offer to us today?

 

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