ADVENT THEME: “Let All Creation Prepare”
During the Season of Advent, we not only gather on Sundays to prepare for the birth of Christ, but also on Wednesdays. We do so because preparing to welcome a new baby, takes time and preparation, and Jesus isn't just any baby. He is God incarnate – God made flesh; God come down to Earth.
On Wednesdays, we will gather on Zoom at 6:30pm to sing & pray and to hear a faith story or devotional from a member of Christ Our Savior on the theme for that week. Prior to the worship service, at 5:30pm those who would like to share a virtual meal and time of conversation with others are invited to hop on Zoom. During that hour we will eat the soup of the week together over Zoom, swap the recipes we used, and share how we're doing. Although we cannot share food together in-person right now, we can at least all prepare the same soup and eat of it at the same time. Through this communal soup (prepared individually in our own homes), we can be united in one way, if not in all ways.
ADVENT WEEK ONE: Faithfulness
Sunday, November 29th, 10am and Wednesday, December 2nd, 6:30pm
Soup of the Week: Italian Wedding Soup (to celebrate the promises God makes to us)
We will explore the creation imagery used by Jesus, Isaiah, and the Psalmist (sun, moon, stars, dawn and night, unfurling leaves, mountains, brush burning) and how these are signs of God's FAITHFULNESS to us.
ADVENT WEEK TWO: Hope
Sunday, December 6th, 10am and Wednesday, December 9th, 6:30pm
Soup of the Week: Lentil Soup (to celebrate the simplicity of the wilderness)
We will explore the creation imagery used by Jesus, Isaiah, and the Psalmist (wilderness, mountains, deserts, fading grasses, water, locusts, and honey) and how they teach us to wait with HOPE and expectation for God's arrival.
ADVENT WEEK THREE: Joy
Sunday, December 13th, 10am and Wednesday, December 16th, 6:30pm
Soup of the Week: Split Pea Soup (to celebrate the greenery and wreaths of the season)
We will explore the creation imagery used by Isaiah and the Gospel writers through their blessings and prayers that remind us of other celebrations such as baptisms and confirmations. Through these blessings and prayers we can celebrate the JOY that comes from God and which we try to visibly manifest through the greenery, wreaths, garlands, and other decorations of the season.
ADVENT WEEK FOUR: Love
Sunday, December 20th, 10am and Wednesday, December 23rd, 6:30pm
Soup of the Week: Broccoli Soup (to celebrate the sources of strength [like the Vitamin A and folic acid from broccoli] that help pregnant women and others maintain strength while creating new life and new things)
We will explore the creation imagery offered to us this week through the form of pregnancy and birth as God's invitation for us to be "creative co-creators" with God. Within this, we'll explore the diligence, patience, and LOVE that is necessary for anything to be created and that God will truly be "Immanuel" – "God with us" – in the midst of the world that God created come Christmas Day.
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Much gratitude to Wikipedia for this awesome summary of an Advent Wreath (originally a Lutheran tradition)!
"The Advent wreath, or Advent crown, is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent in the liturgical calendar of the Western church. It is traditionally a Lutheran practice, although it has spread to many other Christian denominations.
It is an evergreen wreath with four candles, sometimes with a fifth, white candle in the center. Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, the lighting of a candle can be accompanied by a Bible reading, devotional time and prayers. An additional candle is lit on each subsequent Sunday until, by the last Sunday of Advent, all four candles are lit. Some Advent wreaths include a fifth, Christ candle which is lit at Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. The custom originated in family settings but has also become widespread in public worship."
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