November 28 and 29 we begin a new Church Year as we move into the season of Advent. Traditionally Advent was a time of fasting and spiritual conditioning in preparation for the Feast of Christmas. In our day Advent has become a time of hurry and worry. Holiday gatherings, gift shopping, baking, decorating, pageants, programs and concerts crowd into schedules that are already booked full. We try to manufacture a sense of peace and goodwill but sometimes it just doesn’t appear.
In our worship we will be exploring how God comes to us in the midst of the holiday chaos and the less-than-perfect holiday season. God’s advent conspiracy is to bring us peace, wellness and joy in quiet, unseen and out-of-the-way places and events.
We invite you to join us for worship this holiday season and to see how God is working to bring peace and joy into our world today.
November 28 & 29: The Advent Conspiracy – Worship
The story of Christ’s birth is a story of promise, hope, and a revolutionary love. So, what happened? What was once a time to celebrate the birth of a Savior has somehow turned into a season of stress, traffic jams, and shopping lists. And when it’s all over, many of us are left with presents to return, looming debt that will take months to pay off, and this empty feeling of missed purpose. Is this what we really want out of Christmas? What if Christmas became a world-changing event again? Welcome to the Advent Conspiracy.
December 05 & 06: Advent Conspiracy: Rebel
There are times when each of us might feel abandoned, empty and desolate. We each have our own wilderness, and it is out of this reality that we understand the rebel Jesus. Our tendency is to meet violence with violence, gossip with gossip, or hate with hate. Jesus challenges us to a different reality, to rebel with love.
December 12 & 13: Advent Conspiracy: Give
At the heart of it all, Christmas is a celebration of Immanuel, God with us, wrapped in frail human flesh. It is a celebration of God’s presence in our midst. Because God loved the world, God gave us his son so that we might not be separated from God. Put another way, Christmas is ultimately not about presents, but about presence.
December 19 & 20: Advent Conspiracy: Love
The gift at Christmas is the person, not what he or she brings. Mary was the gift to Elizabeth. Jesus was the gift to Mary, Elizabeth, and the yet unborn John. What was the amazing part of the story of the three wise men who came after Jesus was born? Was it the gold, frankincense or myrrh? Or was it that they came in person? Our focus and action can be the same.
December 24: Christmas Eve 3:00, 5:00 & 7:00pm
A traditional Candlelight Christmas Eve worship service with familiar Christmas Carols and Holy Communion.
December 27: 9:00am Special Unified Worship
We gather as one in a special worship service that will include both traditional and contemporary elements of our worship experience. Families are encouraged to bring a dozen Christmas cookies to share in fellowship after worship. Our theme for this special worship is “Confidence.” Because we belong to the One through whom all things were created, under whose authority all things exist and in whose love we are graciously embraced, we can enter into the New Year with confidence.
(No Evening Song Worship December 26)