As the air starts to chill we turn our attention to the holy advent.
Christ was born into a weary world. King Herod ruled the land with a legacy of ruthlessness. The Romans treated the people of Israel with contempt, imposing harsh taxes and land seizures that forced many into subsistence farming. Poverty and destitution were pervasive. And yet, Christ was born, bringing good news of great joy for all people. As Advent comes again to a weary world, we ask, “How does a weary world rejoice?” This year, we will follow the stories in the opening chapters of Luke’s Gospel. As we hold space for our weariness and our joy, we will seek a “thrill of hope” in our hurting world. This Advent, may we find many ways to rejoice.
Taize Worship Services
"While prayer alone can be arduous, the beauty of praying with others is an incomparable support to the inner life. By means of simple words, hymns, songs, it communicates a discreet and silent joy."
Join Community for Taizé style worship at
6:30 pm on Thursdays in November 30th thru December 21st. The Taize services, lasting 35 to 40 minutes, will be held in the Revelation Room behind the sanctuary. Enter the building through the Highland or Office entrances.
This year's Advent cantata will be called Songs of Justice, Songs of Hope, Songs of Joy. We will use Christmas carols such as Coventry Carol and Sussex Carol along with some other carefully-selected choral pieces to tell the story of the Holy Family's flight into Egypt. We will be teaming up with Lutheran Social Services, an organization that supports refugees in the Milwaukee area, as a mission partner for the cantata.
Christmas Eve Services
Jesus’ birth is a story about God making room—for great joy to break beyond boundaries, for awe to push past the limits of our imaginations, for welcome to be extended to shepherds and strangers. This is a story about how God makes room.
Luke’s Gospel tells us that when Mary gives birth to Jesus, she lays him in a manger, for there was no place for them in the guest room. Scholars argue about where, exactly, the birth occurs—and why. Was it in a stable or the living room of a simple peasant home? Was Bethlehem teeming with visitors who were also there to be counted in the census? Was Joseph’s family inhospitable because they disapproved of his marital situation? Regardless of where the birth occurs, we know that Christ is born in a crowded, unlikely place. And yet, God makes a place here anyway. God draws the circle wider as shepherds and unexpected guests arrive. This Christmas, let us also make room—for strangers and neighbors alike. For this is good news of great joy for all people.
Featuring the Praise Team
Featuring the Chancel Choir & Clarion Bells
Events and Outreach
Mission Gift Festival
Although We celebrated Mission Gift Festival on Sunday, December 3 you can still participate by purchasing items in the church office. More more information please see the materials attached below!