Welcome means welcome. All means all. Beloved means beloved. Forgiven means forgiven. In the world of American Christianity, those words are quite common, but each one can be dropped or burdened with conditions. When the love of God that knows no limit cannot be contained by the conditions humanity loves to place on all things, it is truly a love that will not let us go. This is a rare love . . . it is a costly love . . . it is a bold and upfront love for all.
In our tradition, Advent is the name of the first season of a new church year. It includes the four Sundays before Christmas Day. Here are two aspects of the season of Advent that will help you walk into these weeks with joy, great expectation, and hope.
- Our worship artisans will be displaying new visuals throughout the sanctuary to capture the mood and vision of the season.
- We add a Wednesday evening worship (7:30 pm) on December 4, 11, 18. The focus on preaching will flow from the texts used on the previous Sunday and we will use Holden Evening Prayer – a beautiful liturgy that is easy to sing and just as wonderful to simply hear until you are able to be caught up into the singing. This liturgy lasts approximately 40 minutes. Prior to each Wednesday liturgy we will share in Advent desserts from 7:00 pm to the start of worship.
- On Sundays, we focus on the Prophetic texts of both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures that are a part of the Revised Common Lectionary. We also let ourselves sing the hymns of Advent that offer us words of hope, challenge, and vision for the coming of the Christ into our lives.