North Side Christian Church                                             (Disciples of Christ)

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North Side Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is a safe place to question, examine, and study ones spiritual journey. All paths to the Creator are welcome, celebrated, shared and included.  

December  22,  2019    ADVENT 4


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         DECEMBER 24, 2019        6:30 pm

                   CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE –

                      The A B Cs of Christmas                                                   





WHEN IS ADVENT? Something that many people do not know is that technically, the beginning of Advent is the beginning of the liturgical New Year.

Advent starts on Advent Sunday, which is always the fourth Sunday before Christmas Day. Depending on which day of the week Christmas falls on, Advent Sunday falls either at the beginning of December or in late November.


In the medieval era, Advent was celebrated very much like the season of Lent: with fasting, and then a huge feast and celebration at the end.           

It was considered to be a very serious time of year, and the first two weeks were almost like mourning. By the third week, Gaudete (which means “rejoice” in Latin) Sunday was celebrated, and Christians could begin to be more cheerful with the expectation of Christmas.

One of Advent’s most prominent symbols is the candles lit at the beginning of each week. There are 3 purple or blue candles and one pink or rose candle – four total with one for each week.

A fifth white candle may be added to be lit on Christmas day. Purple is a color often used in Christian traditions to emphasize penitence, fasting, and preparation. It is also used during the season of Lent. The pink candle is most often used on the third Sunday, Gaudete Sunday; although, some traditions light it on the final Sunday of Advent.

During the service at the beginning –a special ceremony is performed to light that week’s candle. The candles’ fires burn during each service so that by the end of Advent, all of the candles’ lights shines.

Read more at World Religion News: “What is Advent and What Does it Mean to Christmas?”                                                                      


 “God is not a Christian, 
God is not a Jew, or a Muslim, or a Hindu,              or a Buddhist. All of those are human systems which human beings have created to try to help us walk into the mystery of God. I honor my tradition, I walk through          my tradition, but I don’t think my tradition defines God, I think it only points me                  to God.”

                                                                       Bishop John Shelby Spong


                 Recommended Reading:

God Can't: How to Believe in God and Love after Tragedy, Abuse, and Other Evils by [Oord, Thomas]

“God Can’t”  Thomas Jay Oord
We ask heart-felt questions about God and suffering. Some “answers” they receive appeal to mystery: “God’s ways are not our ways”. Some answers say God allows evil for a greater purpose. Some say evil is God’s punishment.


Not only do the usual answers fail, they don’t support the truth God loves everyone all the time. God Can’t gives a believable answer to why a good and powerful God doesn’t prevent evil.

Author Thomas Jay Oord says God’s love is inherently uncontrolling. God loves everyone and everything, so God can’t control anyone or anything. This means God cannot prevent evil singlehandedly. God can’t stop evildoers, whether human, animal, organism, or inanimate objects and forces.

In God Can’t, Oord gives a plausible reason why some are healed but many others are not.


Mindful Christianity revels how mindfulness has manifested among Christians from the days of Jesus until now. It allures the reader to integrate it into every aspect of Christian living: prayer, worship, study, and service. And it shows how mindful Christian practice can lead to a humbler, kinder, livelier, more inclusive and common-sense form of the faith. It is structured for use as a program resource for churches, retreats, campus ministries, and other groups. Additional information can be found at

About the Author

“Saving Jesus From the Church”                                                                                     by Robin R. Meyers


The marriage of bad theology and hypocritical behavior by the church has eroded our spiritual lives.

Taking the best of biblical scholarship, Meyers recasts core Christian concepts in an effort to save Christianity from its obsession with personal salvation.

Not a plea to try something brand new, but rather the recovery of something very old, Saving Jesus from the Church shows us what it means to follow Jesus’s teachings today. He eloquently points out that many of today’s Christians are silent on matters about which Jesus spoke, whereas on matters about which he was silent, they condemn (p.177).


“No Ordinary Time: the Rise of Spiritual Intelligence and Evolutionary Creativity”                                                                             by Jan Phillips

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Jan Phillips’ Book of Hours is a tapestry of threads from the arts, science, sacred texts and her own mystical poetry. It is the story of one woman s journey from Catholicism to a new cosmology of global communion and co-creation. It is Rumi-meets-Teilhard, Catherine of Siena meets Dorothy Day a compelling illustration of how spiritual practice leads to heightened creativity leads to inspired evolutionary action. It s like being picked up by the shirtsleeves and carried to the mountaintop. It doesn t hurt but the view most certainly changes. A book to help you: * evolve yourself forward as a spiritual and creative agent of change * find out why you believe what you believe and update your mental software * expand your intuitive and creative bandwidth * discover meaningful ways to express your commitments * clarify the distinctions between spirituality and religion


“Eternal Life: a New Vision”                                                                                  by John Shelby Spong

Drawing on a lifetime of wisdom, New York Times bestselling author and controversial religious leader John Shelby Spong continues to challenge traditional Christian theology in Eternal Life: A New Vision. In this remarkable spiritual autobiography about his lifelong struggle with the questions of God and death, he reveals how he ultimately came to believe in eternal life.


“Understanding Your  Grief: Ten Essential Touchstones for Finding Hope and Healing  Your Heart.                                            by Dr. Alan Wolfelt                                                                                      Image result for understanding your grief

Explaining the important difference between grief and mourning, this book explores every mourner’s need to acknowledge death and embrace the pain of loss. Also explored are the many factors that make each person’s grief unique and the many normal thoughts and feelings mourners might have. Questions of spirituality and religion are addressed as well. The rights of mourners to be compassionate with themselves, to lean on others for help, and to trust in their ability to heal are upheld. Journaling sections encourage mourners to articulate their unique thoughts and feelings


 —Prescription Medicine Bottles

The Nebraska Humane Society needs used prescription medicine bottles for animal prescription medicines.

NSCC is collecting these bottles and Jeff said he would remove the labels. If we want to remove the labels ourselves, just immerse the bottles in hot/warm water for thirty minutes and peel the printed portion of the label away.                                                                                                                                                                         The paper/adhesive remaining will be covered with a new label at the Humane Society.

Minister – Rev.  E. Susan Ellis, M.Div.

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