How does a weary world rejoice? In each week of our series, we respond to this question with a statement inspired by our scriptures from Luke. These texts bring us into a space of possibility; in them, we find rhythms for rejoicing, even in the midst of difficult circumstances. Each weekly sub-theme is a “we” statement because joy is deeply relational and rooted in the fact that we belong to God. As we move through our series, we hope to create space for acknowledging the weariness of our world while celebrating God’s closeness with great joy.
We look forward to celebrating Advent together this year! Join us in this season of preparation beginning Sunday, November 26. We encourage you to pick up a free copy of How does a weary world rejoice?...An Advent Devotional to enrich your spiritual life this season. They are available in the Commons or you may email Laurie to request the eBook.
Christmas Eve is on Sunday this year, with candlelight services at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. At the morning service, the praise team will provide the music. The chancel choir will provide the music for the evening service. Our hope is that you find both services to be warm and inviting as we embrace the feelings of living in a weary world, and in the midst of it, rejoice. Quiet activities, and glowsticks are available for kids during the service.
On Sunday, December 31, there will be one service at 10:00 a.m. Kids in preschool through fifth grade are invited to attend Kids' Connection and will be dismissed from the service. Nursery care is also available.
In addition to worship, we offer a number of opportunities to serve, connect, and learn during Advent including the following:
- There are four Advent Studies available this year. Check out the Advent Studies page for all the details.
- While this season brings the anticipation of joy and hope for many, we know that others are experiencing grief, broken relationships, or other struggles. On Wednesday, December 20, we will hold a Longest Night service in the Room 5. You are always welcome to reach out to the pastoral staff as well.
- We know the music is an important part of Advent, and in addition to worship, Family Ministries will go Caroling at Cumberland Pointe and the Christmas cantata will be shared during the traditional service on December 17.
- Jubilee Christmas will take place on Saturday, December 9, so be sure to check that page out for ways you can serve our community.
- InTouch Blessing Boxes will be given to 90 households on Saturday, December 16, who have experienced a loss or difficult time this year. We need baker, packers, and delivery people to make this a success.
- If you are looking for a gift for that hard to buy for person on your list who has everything, consider stopping by the Alternative Christmas Market table in the Commons in December to donate to one of three missions supported by St. Andrew.
We look forward to connecting with you this year during Advent and hope that this time might be an especially meaningful one for you!