Advent season begins with worship on December 3 at 10:30am and continues through Christmas Eve. We have two special services during the season. On December 3 at 6:00pm we have a choral concert to welcome the season. On December 24 at 6:00pm we have a candlelight service in our Chapel. We hope you will join us for this season of hopeful anticipation of God born in our midst.
A word from Pastor John Jay
"Herein begins the clashing of the worlds, and time is the field on which the battle plays out. For the Church, Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year. For the world, November and December belong to the holiday season and year-end sales figures. One is a start and the other an ending. We would do well to pay attention to the startling dissonance between each version of time. Time baptized or time consumed.
The great mystery is that when we are caught up in all of God’s heavy glory, we find our shoulders lighter. Jesus says as much when he talks of his burden being easy to bear. Which is a good reminder in this season of stress and hurry. The heaviness of God’s glory is a gift that we can bear well. The unbearable weight is actually the burden found in the other version of time, the one that demands of us everything and promises nothing but lighter wallets and higher blood pressure.
So may you rest in the glory of God that is among you even now, and find in God’s weight a lightness that lifts you from your burdens and sorrows into joy and peace."
* A note about the imagery. The advent theme this year will focus on the unlikely women of Jesus’ family tree found in the book of Matthew, chapter 1. Four women plus Mary are featured, and each woman will be the guide for our Sunday morning worship. The image is of a woman signing the word “interruption,” which is both what the women do in the family tree story, and what God does at Christmas.