On Sunday, December 2, we celebrate the First Sunday of Advent in worship, including the lighting of the first candle on the Advent wreath.
Since the early days of the church, the beginning of Advent was like the beginning of the new year. We start again the journey that takes us from Advent, through Christmas, to Jesus’ life and ministry, and to the final week and crucifixion. It may seem the journey ends, but Easter brings new life, and we have Pentecost where the Spirit of God breathes life into the church. We then engage in the ongoing work of being the church in God’s world. So, as we begin the Advent journey, some of the questions we ask are: What do we anticipate? Are we there yet?
At 11:00 a.m. we will join together in worship with prayer, song, a reading from Luke 21:25-36 and the sermon Waiting: Love Is Coming.
For Christian people, waiting is an active, not a passive pursuit. Our waiting is dependent on active hope. Hope that the love of God will redeem all that is wrong in us and in our world. Hope that God’s love will hold on. God is hope for all who are hopeless. Jesus said he would come again. Love is coming.
The Rev. David J. Hanna will be preaching.
Following the service we welcome all to join us in the Chalice Room next to the Sanctuary for refreshments and fellowship.
We welcome newcomers and visitors to join us for worship, which is traditional in style, but always contemporary in spirit, friendly, relaxed, and graciously welcoming. The service includes contributions from members and clergy alike who lead us in a weekly expression of our faith with warm greetings, fine music, a children’s sermon and sermons aimed at helping us understand how the teachings of the Bible can be applied to our lives today.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!