God is our peacemaker, a miracle worker, and a way maker. God promises us when the storm clouds roll through, a brighter day is coming.
This Advent we look at the wild ways God is doing an unexpected and joyous thing. We hear of peace and awe, promise and providence. Sometimes God’s ways feel disruptive and discombobulating; we are invited in these times to lean into the promise that God is working things together for good. So even when we are faced with challenges, we can live into the Brighter Day God is promising us. We will explore this theme through a series of sermons and spiritual practices as we move into the waiting time of advent.
There are lots of ways for the community to engage with our holiday traditions in worship this year. Some of it is familiar and others will take on new, emerging-in-pandemic forms. First, our in-person options:
The first Sunday of Advent, November 28, bring your home baked cookies for our Cookie Exchange! We will continue it each Sunday, so bring your favorites, and take home some potential new favorites!
The second Sunday of Advent, December 5, includes the Offering of Gifts during 10:00 am worship.
During the fourth Sunday of Advent, December 19, we will create our Everyone’s Christmas Pageant
during the 10:00 am worship service, including costumes and carols. The Chancel Choir will also be with us for the first time in this service. The pageant will be recorded that morning and included in the digital service on Christmas Eve.
On Christmas Eve we will return to our former times but with new formats. At 5:00 pm we will share the digital presentation of our Everyone’s Christmas Pageant. We will also host a watch party in the sanctuary to share it together. Our 8:00 pm service will be in the sanctuary, led by the Chancel Choir and instrumentalists. At 11:00 pm we will offer a full, digital Christmas Eve worship.
There will be opportunities for members of the congregation to record pieces and submit them to be included in the 11:00 pm digital service. Look for details in the weekly emails and on the Members and Friends Facebook Group.