Christmas is not our local shopping mall’s story to tell. Christmas is the Church’s story to tell. So in 2006, 5 pastors decided to do Christmas differently. They called it the Advent Conspiracy, and came up with four tenets—Worship Fully, Spend Less, Give More, Love All—to guide themselves, their families, and congregations through their season of preparation for Christmas.

November 26: “Worship Fully”

Luke 1:26-35; 46-55

Mary’s reaction to the shocking news that she would give birth to God’s son was one of worship. In the craziness of the Christmas season, how can we too, respond this way to God and the call he has for us?

Rebecca Jacobson

December 3: “Spend Less”

Matthew 6:19-29

In Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount he speaks to God’s propensity to provide for and take care of things of the earth. If God is concerned about the well being of the earth he is also deeply concerned about our well being. We are invited to consider, this holiday season, to make space for God by eliminating our need to accumulate things in our attempt to find meaning and happiness. Trust God to fill your longings and use your resources to impact the world around you.

Corey Johnsrud

December 10: “Give More”

Matthew 1:18-25

The Christmas story is full of real life, much grittier than the sanitized version that we often think of. The story is also filled with generosity that serves as a great example to us. Come find out how the generosity of that first Christmas can intersect with your life.

Corey Johnsrud

December 17: “Love All”

Luke 2:8-18

The good news of Christmas is good news for everyone – no exceptions. How do we receive and pass on that good news? Join us as we explore what that might look like for us.

Corey Johnsrud