Messiah Happenings

2 minutes reading time (366 words)

Tuesday Morning Small Group will examine "Names for the Messiah" during Advent (Nov. 29 - Dec. 20)

The Prophet Isaiah foretold, "For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Christians have claimed from the beginning that Jesus was the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament.

In preparation for Christmas, the Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast Group is reading a four-week study by best-selling author Walter Brueggemann that tackles the questions: "What were these expectations?" and "Did Jesus fulfill them?"

Homework involves reading one chapter of Brueggemann's Names for the Messiah (approximately 20 pgs.) per week. A limited number of book are available through Pr. Peter. They are also available for purchase in paperback ($9.20) and Kindle ($7.40) versions here.

Week 1, Nov. 29 – Wonderful Counselor
Week 2, Dec. 6 – Mighty God
Week 3, Dec. 13 – Everlasting Father
Week 4, Dec. 20 – Prince of Peace

(The readings for each Tuesday are also posted on the daily calendar maintained on this site.)

Everyone is welcome to participate ... and first-time guests get their breakfast paid by Pr. Peter! Questions? Want to know more? Contact Pr. Peter.

Messiah's Tuesday morning small group meets at 6:00am at Panera Bread on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter, each session begins with prayer and ends when the first participant has to leave for work, usually around 7:05 to 7:10am.

The group meets throughout the year and regularly alternates between reading a book of the Bible over several weeks and reading interesting contemporary works by Christian authors. Previous guided readings have included The Phoenix Affirmations by Eric Elnes, The Jesus I Never Knew (© 1994) by Philip Yancey, Pastrix (© 2013) by Nadia Bolz-Weber, Searching for Sunday (© 2015) by Rachel Held Evans, Awaiting the Already by Magrey R. deVega, A World Awaits, selected readings by C.S. Lewis, An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest (© 2013) by Alan Fadling, God is in the Manger (© 2010) collected letters and writings by Dietrich Bonheoffer, Sabbath as Resistance (© 2014) by Walter Brueggemann, Jesus, The Final Days (© 2009) by Craig Evans and N.T. Wright, The Prodigal God (© 2011) by Tim Keller, and Take this Bread (© 2008) by Sara Miles.
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