Advent explores the interplay of light and darkness, both of which carry the mystery of God. The coming light of the world shines in the darkness but does not overwhelm or erase it. Advent with its themes of listening, waiting, and expectation lends itself perfectly to quiet, candlelight moments. Join us on Sundays and Wednesdays as we explore the blessings of this season and of God in times of both light and darkness as we make our way to the Christmas season.
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First Sunday of Advent
Advent is about the “coming days.” God’s people have always lived in great expectation, but that expectation finds specific, repeated enunciation in the texts appointed for these four weeks. With them we eagerly await the coming days: another Christmas celebration, the second coming of Christ, and the advent of Christ weekly in word and supper. The Gospel text for this Sunday can seem a bit jarring with our culture’s idea of Christmas, but Christ’s second coming reminds us that we find him in the darkness and in Advent’s growing light.
Second Sunday of Advent
– Breaking of the Dawn – Malachi 3:1-4, Luke 1:68-79, and Luke 3:1-6
Advent derives from the Latin word adventus, which means “coming.” Prophets, forerunners, and messengers tell of the advent – or coming – of our God in Christ. Zechariah, the father of John, sings of the day when “the dawn from on high shall break upon us.” John’s tells us to prepare for Christ’s coming by examining our own lives and the world around us. We should not be complacent in the face of injustice, but instead seek forgiveness and strive for lives that bear fruit according to God’s vision for the world. All the baptized are called to be such messengers, participating in the sharing of the gospel. In so doing we prepare the way for the coming of Jesus and assist all people in capturing a vision of the “salvation of God.”
Third Sunday of Advent
Fourth Sunday of Advent
First Wednesday of Advent – Darkness Is Holy – Genesis 1
The theme of this service embraces the darkness of these long Advent nights as a place where we encounter the beauty and mystery of God. While darkness has sometimes been used as a negative foil for light, contrasting evil with good or God’s absence with God’s presence, our scripture and assembly song is filled with imagery in which the darkness is too filled with the holiness of God. Sometimes it is in times of darkness where God’s blessings are distilled down and become more clear to us.
Second Wednesday of Advent – Darkness Holds Promise – 1 Samuel 3
God sometimes comes to us in dreams and visions. The long expanse of night, absent the distractions and worries of the day, creates space for us to hear and listen. Three times Samuel hears God’s voice as he sleeps; three times he mistakes it for Eli’s, but eventually comprehends that God might be seeking after him instead. Just as the quiet of night helps us better hear God, so the darkness of night can help us better see the growing light of Advent and Christmas. During the service we will decorate our sanctuary’s Christmas tree with Chris-mons (Christ monograms) and light the tree.
Third Wednesday of Advent – Darkness Holds God
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