Our theme for the four Sundays of Advent, along with framing the traditional Christmas Eve Lessons and Carols, and for the Sunday after Christmas is “The Inn: Housing the Holy.”
This Advent season, we are being invited to consider ways our church can become a “house” where the Holy may be born anew – offering respite, sustenance, and care, opening our doors ever wider to those seeking shelter from the onslaught of life.
Our special worship series is an invitation to spend this Advent and Christmas seeing our church, community, and world situations through the light of the Star of Bethlehem that shone on an unlikely shelter for the holy – a stable, a barn, a shelter for farm animals.
Each week, in the midst of our church family’s ongoing transitional and pandemic uncertainties, we are being reminded that the Light of Christ continues shining on us, inviting us to become a beacon of hope, peace, joy and love to others.
You can watch a brief video about our “The Inn: Housing the Holy” series
As such, our weekly worship format has been modified to include a time of “Opening the ‘Door’ to Worship” liturgy, music, and Advent wreath candle lighting “as we from wherever in person and online we are gathering are “called to worship.”
There will also be an appropriately for the Sunday hope, peace, joy, and love themed “Making Room” video as part of the weekly sermon message.
And the weekly Prayers of the People, except for Holy Communion Sunday December 5, will include liturgy and music encouraging us to “Make of My Heart a Stable.”