Advent is a season of waiting—of waiting for the Christ Child to appear, waiting for the fullness of God’s kingdom to come on earth as it already is in heaven and a time of waiting for Christ Jesus to come again. Advent reminds us in the midst of the rush of the season that nothing of value is born in haste or rush. This holy season you are invited to quiet yourself, to wait with anticipation and listen for the heartbeat of God.
During our worship services each week, you are invited to “Walk in the Way of God’s Heart” This image of the heart symbolizes God’s desires and dreams for the world. God’s heart is most powerfully illustrated by the arrival of Christ Jesus. To walk in the way has a double meaning: to walk as someone else walks and a pilgrimage or journey. You are invited to participate in an Advent pilgrimage, to walk the way that God walks, opening your heart to the desires and dreams of God’s heart. You are encouraged to read and reflect on the week’s scripture readings in preparation for our pilgrimage in worship.
Week 1: God’s peace is at hand: Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122 & Matthew 24:36-44
Week 2: God’s harmony is at hand: Isaiah 11:1-10, Psalm 72:1-7 & Matthew 3:1-12
Week 3: God’s healing is at hand: Isaiah 35:1-10; Psalm 146:5-10 & Matthew 11:2-11
Week 4: God’s restoration is at hand: Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19 & Matthew 1:18-25
Christmas: Jesus is born: Isaiah 9:2-7; Psalm 148 & Luke 2:1-14
Epiphany: Isaiah 60:1-6, Psalm 72:1-7, Matthew 2:1-12 & Ephesians 3:1-12