Our theme for this year is “Walking through the Word.” Our teaching will focus on the Story of God and how our stories intersect. As we learn more about “The Story,” we discover the amazing ways that God is part of our story and the invitation we receive to become part of God’s Story. In the fall, we will spend 15 weeks working our way through the Story of the Old Testament in four sections. The first section will be four weeks focusing on “The Way of Names” asking the question, “Who am I?” The second section will be five weeks focusing on “The Way of Freedom” asking the question, “Who are we as a people?” The third section will be two weeks focusing on “The Way of God” asking the question, “Who is God in Change and Faithfulness?” The final section will be the season of Advent (four weeks leading up to Christmas) focusing on “The Way of Peace” asking the question, “Where is our hope, joy and love?”
This week, we begin the season of Advent with the story of Josiah’s Reform. Advent is a season of expectation. It is a season of looking forward to renewal, to new life and new hope. It is a season of longing for peace, joy and love. Because of this emphasis, it is also a season of reflection and repentance, a time to look back on the year and see what went right and what went wrong. It’s interesting that at this very time, we are often digging into the storage closets of church or home to find our decorations tucked away, so that we might make the places that we live more festive or joyful with more light as the nights come sooner. What happens pull out the things we have tucked away in our closets—in our homes, our churches or maybe even our hearts and minds? Advent is a season of discovery, new hope, and maybe even transformation. If you need a season of reflection, renewal or new hope in your life, join us. Parkside is the place where you belong!