Come, Lord Jesus

 O that you would tear open the heavens and come down… —Isaiah 64:1

Advent is a time of preparing, waiting, watching, and living into the expectation that God’s dream for the world—and for us—is being fulfilled. That God does this by becoming one of us (and living in us, too) is almost beyond comprehension. And so we focus on the birth of a special baby. Babies are miraculous and wonderful embodiments of hope; they are also non-threatening.

But what if we prepared for something more than a baby? What if we made room in our thinking and living for a full-grown person who would challenge the unjust powers, offer hope to the oppressed, love us, and heal us in the broken places? What if we watched carefully to discover all the ways this Jesus is in our midst?

 Let us bring all our hopes and longings into this season of hope, peace, joy, and love. Let us celebrate together the many ways that God is with us:

Friday, December 1, 6 p.m.      Family Advent Party & Hanging of the Greens

December 3, First Sunday in Advent*      Come, Lord Jesus: Into Our World

 Wednesday December 6, 6 p.m.      Advent Soup, Song & Sharing
Bring your appetite and your hopes for the season.

 December 10, Second Sunday in Advent    Come, Lord Jesus: Into Our Relationships
Trimming the Tree

 December 17, Third Sunday in Advent    Come, Lord Jesus: Into Our Stories
 A Service of Lessons and Carols

Thursday, December 21, 7 p.m.    Longest Night Service & bonfire
Come, Lord Jesus: Into Our Darkness

December 24, Fourth Sunday of Advent    Come, Lord Jesus: Into Our Hearts
Come as you are—even in your pajamas!

 Christmas Eve Services:    Come, Lord Jesus: Into Our Skin
          6 p.m.            Family service: Pageant, carols, candlelight & cookies

10 p.m. Meditative service with communion & candles

*All Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m.