What does it mean for us to follow the Light of the universe in a world hell-bent, it seems, on darkness? Advent is always a peculiar season, not in line with all the busyness of our ordinary calendars, but a call to some sort of otherworldly like waiting. But how do we engage with that waiting when there is so much action required?
We'll be leaning into the anxieties all around us on the global stage, in our own personal lives and the city all around us - and see seeds of hope. We'll be hearing ancient stories of prophets and people long ago bringing tidings of good news for all people.
And we'll be singing songs and declaring joy despite the odds.
A lot of change is happening in our community as well - we move up an hour to 10:30am and into our new worship location (just down the hall in First Christian Church's Fellowship Hall).
Here's a sneak peak at our Advent & Christmas calendar:
Sunday December 3rd 10:30am: Advent begins with a look at how the whole story ends
Sunday December 10 10:30am: Advent continues with a look at the last of the old prophets, John the Baptist.
Sunday December 17 10:30am: We hear Mary's "Magnificat" song of liberation and wonder is it a political manifesto or a song of deep personal devotion?
Sunday December 24 4:30pm: Through songs and strings we celebrate the birth of Jesus (note: there will only be one service this Sunday and no morning gathering)
Sunday December 31: NO SERVICE as we pause and set fresh intentions for the year ahead
The shadows of the season reflect a new darkness in our lives - but therein we might see the light anew. Be sure to bring friends and family during this meaningful season.