Advent is a season of waiting for the coming of God. With the weekly themes of hope, peace, joy, and love, we anticipate and attune ourselves to the reign of God embodied in Jesus. As we walk through this Advent season, you are invited to prayerfully notice the glimpses of Christ’s presence in your life and in this world God loves. Look for the characteristics of Christ present in the world: compassion, justice, tenderness, healing, restoration, and welcome of the least of these. Where we see “the least of these” cared for as described in Matthew 25, there we see Christ.
Psalms of Hope
“May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.” (Ps 126)
These words from Psalm 126 are lovely and compelling and drenched with hope. In the month of November, we will be dwelling in the Psalms during worship on Sundays. The prayer book of the Psalms in the middle of our Bible plumbs the depths of human experience with sorrow, anger, and joy. The Psalms express orientation, disorientation, and reorientation. The Psalms ground us in God, our true home and future.
During this time, the children’s sermons, Sermon on the Steps, will follow the same theme; planting seeds of hope and growing in gratitude.
A Sermon series in the book of Esther
The story of Esther is at once satire and comedy and tragedy and drama. It has all the elements of slapstick comedy and drama with palace intrigue. It is at once a lampoon and a story of existential urgency, in which a whole people find their lives are under threat. The story asks of us, what might courageous faith look like today?