New Year, New Times, New Studies, Every Day
On Christmas Eve, hundreds of people gathered in our sanctuary. It’s one of the holiest moments of the year. But there might be something we believe in even more a few days later. Everyone is spiritual on Christmas Eve. But everyone is religious on January 1. New Year’s Day is grace on a calendar page. At midnight, we all get a fresh start, a new chance. And people of all kinds of faith are drawn to this idea. It’s why so many of us make New Year’s resolutions.
And the thing about those resolutions: they never really change. The most popular resolutions are the same every year: lose weight, exercise more, get on a budget or get out of debt, quit smoking or drinking or looking at pornography, and usually something like “be happy” or “live life to the fullest.” The list never changes, and neither does the fact that by the middle of January? We’ve usually fallen short, done something we wish we hadn’t, and tend to give up on the whole idea.
We are so enamored with the idea of grace…but we so often fail to really understand what it can be in our lives, or we’re tempted to believe it’s only available at midnight on January 1. But what if there was more to grace? What if we came to know it as not just something that offers us forgiveness when we fail to live up to what we think we should be, but something that makes us more? Something that offers us life? And something that’s here at all of our midnights?
In this new year, we’re diving into the way grace intersects with our everyday lives in new ways:
Contemporary Worship now starts at 9:00 AM in the Family Life Center
Starting Sunday, January 6, our contemporary service will move from 8:45 to 9:00 am. It’s everything we love about our contemporary service, just 15 minutes later. Traditional worship will continue to meet at 11:00 am in the sanctuary, and our Hispanic friends will continue to gather in the chapel at 8:30 am.
New Study: The Tech-Wise Family
We’ll start a new sermon series called Every Day, inspired by the book The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch. On Sundays we’ll be talking about the larger themes in the book: the practical intersections of grace and every day life. What’s the balance between what we consume and create? What’s the first thing you do in the morning? Why is singing good for us?
And on Wednesday nights at 6:00 pm starting January 9, we’ll dive deeper into The Tech-Wise Family and talk specifically about how technology impacts our faith and our lives.