Advent 2017 at St. John's - "Sacred"
By: Rev'd Dr. Johnny Jeffords
It is time to get ready for the coming of the Christ.
This is what Advent is, this is what Advent does.
At St. John’s this season, our worship life will focus on the word “Sacred.”
The story of the coming of Jesus isn’t trapped in history. The reality of the presence of Jesus, even in this moment, is evidenced in the grace showered upon all that is. And if we pay attention, Advent will reveal to us all that is sacred around us that shines as brightly as a Bethlehem star.
Here's our worship schedule for the season:
Advent 1 – Sunday, December 3 “Sacred Time” + Mimi preaching
7:00 p.m. “Hanging the Greens"
This service focuses on the preparation of our worship space with the signs and symbols of the season.
Advent 2 – Sunday December 10 “Sacred People” + Johnny preaching, with special music by John
Advent 3 – Sunday, December 17 “Sacred Space” + Johnny preaching
Wednesday, December 20 6:30 p.m. “Longest Night/Blue Christmas”
Aligning with the Winter Solstice, the Longest Night Service has become an important service for those of us who find this season anything but joyful and often very painful. The service will take place in the chapel.
Advent 4 – December 24 “Sacred Knowing” + John preaching
5:00pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service + Johnny preaching
This service has become a highlight in the life of our congregation. It is a moving time with great music and celebration of birth of Jesus. It concludes with our witness outside on the corner of Peabody and Bellevue singing “Silent Night.”
During the season of Advent, we also offer an Adult Sunday School Study, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel: Reflections on Four Seasonal Hymns.” Join Mimi and me as we look at familiar hymns of the season there find within the deep theological meaning to be found in their lyrics helping to prepare us for Christmas. We’ll study:
“Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus”
“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
“O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”
“In the Bleak Midwinter”
The season of Hope, Love, Joy and Peace is here. Let us find the sacred in it, together.
Ever hopeful . . .