Our theme in worship for the Advent season this year is “Close To Home”. When something hits close to home, it affects us deeply. During this time of preparation for Christmas, we journey through scriptures and rituals that are tender, heavy with emotion, and vulnerable. We carry the memories and truths of this season close to our hearts. Close to Home acknowledges the “already but not yet” tension of our faith: Emmanuel is with us, and yet, God’s promised day—our everlasting home—is not fully realized. Close to Home names our deep longing for God to come close to us.
The scriptures and hymns of this season are rich with metaphors and images of home. From signs in the sun, moon, and stars that point toward home to John the Baptist who lays our foundation for home, and from the clear instruction to make room for all in God’s home to Jesus’ birth in the midst of a journey home, we focus on this theme to hear the Word anew and prepare our hearts to draw close to home.
Join us for worship each Sunday as we are reminded that ultimately, God is our home and resting place, drawing near to us and making a home on earth for the greatest gift of all, the gift of his Son Jesus Christ.