This Advent, we gather together around the theme of refuge, connecting the ancient text and Jesus’ own experiences with our world today. Perhaps you are seeking refuge, in a time of grief or exhaustion. Perhaps you are offering refuge, to those around you and around the world fleeing for safety and freedom. Wherever you are, we know that God is our refuge and strength.
Also in Advent we will hear three remarkable women preachers, two from within our own community and one from our wider Lutheran family.
Let us gather in Advent as we both take refuge from overwhelming days and cold nights, and as we seek to provide refuge as advocates for justice in our broken world.
WEDNESDAY EVENINGS, NOVEMBER 28, DECEMBER 5, 12, 19
6:00pm Soup Supper & Conversation as we build beloved community
7:00pm Advent Vespers with Taize and Holden Evening Prayer, including poetry or prose written and shared by a different ECLC member each week. We are grateful to Joan Graham who will offer her writing and reflections as we prepare for Advent on Wednesday, November 28.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
Our Advent Sundays begin with an Advent Festival from 9:30-11:00, engaging all of us in stations to imagine how the Holy Family took refuge immediately before Jesus’ birth
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2 THROUGH SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23
Two mission partners will offer alternative giving ideas or fair trade items for sale each Sunday.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
Special guest preacher The Rev. Dr. Barbara Lundblad
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16
The children will share a retelling of the Christmas Story during 11am worship (traditional Advent 3 worship at 8:30)
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23
Special guest preacher and ECLC member The Rev. Catherine Malotky
MONDAY, DECEMBER 24 Christmas Eve worship:
3:30pm especially child-friendly
5:30, 7:30, 9:30 pm: Traditional carols worship