our hunch is that life with God is better than life without God
our hunger is to connect with something greater than ourselves
our hope is that the best is yet to come
Join us as we launch a new sermon series this Sunday: “Advent Conspiracy”! Come and conspire with us as we aim to do Christmas right this year!
This Sunday, P. Sam will share Part 1 of the series in a message entitled “Worship Fully”. Come and hear the story of how one young jewish peasant girl was seen and chosen by God to be the bearer of the Good News!
11:30 AM @ 1411 Oak Street in Alameda
We believe that faith is not meant to be lived alone.
EMBRACE is gathering a sincere and seeking community of wanderers and wonderers who desire to build a life with God and with each other.
We are people from different walks of life – representing a diversity of spiritual experiences – but holding together in common the hunch that life with God is better than life without God and that life is best lived out in community.
We believe that worship honors God and fills our souls.
EMBRACE comes together every Sunday for a moment of singing, praying, listening and responding.
We believe that worship is the primary way of being in relationship with God – to connect with something greater – and that such a relationship moves us to take action.
We believe that following Jesus means creating impact.
EMBRACE is committed to inspiring and equipping people to make a positive difference in the lives of those we know and in the world in which we live. We take seriously Jesus’ command for us to love God and to love people through the intentional use of our time, talents and treasures.
Because our hope is that the best is yet to come, we are in constant pursuit of God’s vision for wholeness and welfare for all.
We’ll see you this Sunday!
ADVENT CONSPIRACY Sermon Series
November 26 – December 24, 2017
The Christmas season should be so much more than what it has now become: a consumer oriented, hectic time of year where people get increasingly more stressed, more busy and more materialistic. It seems that many have lost what should be central to the season we call Advent: the awe-inducing, soul-satisfying mystery of the incarnation. In the birth of Jesus, we are told that God came near to us. The best gift at Christmas is always the gift of His presence. Our focus should be on Jesus. He is the reason for the season. But unfortunately, people now believed the marketing lie that spending money is the best way to express love. This, combined with the American mindset that “more must be better” is what consumes most people at Christmas. The result, $600 billion is spent on Christmas every year, and still most everyone misses the main the point of Christmas: it’s about Jesus.
The Advent Conspiracy is an effort to join a movement that does Christmas differently – the way that it was originally intended to be done. It puts Jesus at the center and puts His purpose in our hearts: to worship fully, spend less, give more and love all. The Advent Conspiracy is the belief that Christmas – the real Christmas – can still change the world. And it can certainly change us.
This Sunday, P. Sam will be sharing Part 1 of the Advent Conspiracy in a message entitled, “Worship Fully”.
Because Christmas begins and ends with Jesus. Mary is the first to know. She is greeted by the Angel Gabriel and she is given what would have been incredibly unimaginable and horrific news. However, her soul is filled with awe and worship. For she knows that she has been seen by the Almighty God. She has been chosen to be the literal bearer of the Good News – of Jesus. Christmas is not a time for self-centered, greed motivated materialism. Christmas is about worship. It’s about fully immersing ourselves into the presence of the One who sees us and comes near to us.
11:30AM every Sunday
1411 Oak St, Alameda, CA 94501
The “Twin Towers United Methodist Church” Building
Our Sunday morning gathering/worship begins w/ coffee + pastry and a catch-up. It’s a “come as you are” type of deal. No need to dress up, unless dressing up is your thing.