Advent is a great time to explore the ways we speak about Jesus as the “Messiah” sent by God. Historically Christians have turned to the Bible, especially the writings of the ancient prophets, for terms, titles, and symbols to describe Jesus’ arrival. What did it originally mean for people to anticipate the Messiah (or Christ), and how have Christians understood the Old Testament to support their claim that Jesus is he? How does this history contribute to our worship at Christmastime and shape our imagination about what makes Jesus meaningful?
Gathering via Zoom, we will explore those questions, infusing our journey toward Christmas with more knowledge, heart, wonder, hope, and joy. Each session will begin with a presentation, followed by questions from participants. The final half hour will consist of informal small-group conversations, for those who choose to participate.